NEWS RELEASE

 

August 20, 2012

For Additional Information:

Robert Simison, Meridian Mayor’s Office

(208) 888-4433

 

 

FY13 Budget Based Upon Cities Capital Improvement Plan

 

Meridian, ID – (August 21, 2012) – A public hearing will be held on Tuesday, August 21, 2012 at 6:00 pm regarding the City of Meridian budget for Fiscal Year 2013.  The budget is based upon recommendations presented to City Council by City Departments last month during the City's annual budget workshops.

 

The proposed FY2013 Budget totals $80,186,803.  The City’s General Fund (Police, Fire, Parks, Community Development, and Administration Services) budget amounts to $39,174,429, and the Enterprise Fund (utility services) amount is $41,012,374. Overall the budget remains relatively flat with the exception of capital improvement projects that are in the city's five-year Capital Improvement Plan (CIP).  The CIP is designed to ensure city services of police, fire, parks and utilities are maintained.

 

Mayor De Weerd said, “The proposed budget for FY13 ensures we remain responsive to the short and long term services that our residents expect now and into the future.  Our leadership team took great care in prioritizing existing resources while making sound business decisions that balance pay now or pay later that may cost more in the long run.  We are committed to putting Meridian first, assuring we continue to be a safe, attractive, and inviting community that is full of diverse activities.”

 

The most significant enhancements in the coming year’s General Fund budget include $2,000,000 toward a public safety training facility, a $600,000 repayment from the City to the Rural Fire Department for fire station #5, $293,000 for additional tennis courts and other improvements at Settlers Park, and $100,000 for pathway connections.  In addition, proposed enhancements include funding for street lighting - in partnership with the Meridian Development Corporation - and landscaping along the new Meridian Road split corridor, along with following the city's equipment and vehicle replacement schedule.

 

The major proposed enhancements for the Sewer and Water Departments operated through the Enterprise Fund include $3,009,000 for a ground water reservoir; in addition $2,090,000 for Biological Nutrient Removal, $1,230,000 for an administrative building and improvements to the testing lab building, as well as $775,000 for odor control – all at the Wastewater Treatment Plant.  The budget also contemplates replacing water and sewer lines and mainlines, and working on specific well treatments to improve water quality.

 

The proposed budget includes the state allowed 3% increase that the city has been able to forego in the past two years.  This was needed to fund the replacements, regulatory costs and other costs passed down from other levels of government, while maintaining the 'pay as you go' commitment to short and long term capital needs necessary to maintain community services. 

 

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The City of Meridian is located at the center of the Treasure Valley in southwest Idaho, minutes from the State Capitol. Founded as a farming community in 1893 and incorporated as a city in 1903, Meridian is one of Idaho’s largest and fastest growing cities whose mission is to be a premier city to live, work and raise a family. As the home to many young families, Meridian is a vibrant community that has garnered national recognition being selected in 2010 to Money/CNN’s 2010 list of “Top 100 Places to Live in the U.S” and  Family Circle Magazine as one the nation’s  “Ten Best Towns for Families.” For more information about Meridian, visit www.meridiancity.org.