Continued improvements to city roads and park projects figure prominently in the city of Estacada's budget for the 2017-18 fiscal year.
At a meeting on Monday, June 26, city councilors approved the $11.3 million budget, an increase from the previous fiscal year by $1.6 million.
Funds in the budget come from water, sewer and storm fees, which have increased by 3 percent for the coming fiscal year, and property taxes, which are $810 annually for a house valued at $300,000.
The budget allocates a total of $965,375 from the general fund and the park improvement reserve fund for park projects, and $556,500 from the street system improvement fund for improvements to city roads.
Parks projects set for the fiscal year include the next phase of the Estacada Station Cycling Plaza, which will feature several picnic areas near City Hall, and a neighborhood park in the Cascadia Ridge area. An additional parks maintenance worker also will be hired.
Several streets within city limits also will receive attention, including Broadway Street between Northwest Sixth and Eighth avenues. During the project, the area's road, sidewalk and curb will be reconstructed. The street's ADA ramps — the corner where the sidewalk drops down — will be improved during the project. The repairs will likely be completed this summer.
"Streets and parks are things the council really wants to improve on," Estacada City Manager Denise Carey commented.
With the street projects, the city hopes to create more walkability through additional sidewalks, particularly for children who are walking to school.
The budget also allots $750,000 for an additional water reservoir to serve the area near the Campanella Estates subdivision.
"That's going to be contingent that we get financing," Carey added. "Now that the budget has passed, we can start working on that. We hope to see the project completed within this budget year."
The budget also includes $475,000 toward police and $179,825 for economic development pro-
Carey emphasized that the city has "a healthy budget."
"In the past few years, city staff has been very focused on conservative spending," she said. "(We've been) improving the aesthetics and livability of the city while being sure funds are going to the right (projects). Staff have been great about getting the most bang for our buck."