NEWS RELEASE


June 25, 2009
For Additional Information:
Robert Simison, Meridian Mayor’s Office
(208) 888-4433


MERIDIAN BUDGET RECOMMENDATIONS PRESENTED TO CITY COUNCIL
 

Meridian, ID – (June 25, 2009) – Meridian Mayor Tammy de Weerd delivered a balanced budget recommendation to the Meridian City Council for fiscal year 2010.  The City Council will meet on Monday, June 29, 2009 at 8:00 am to consider the Parks and Recreation Department budget, and July 2, 2009 at 8:00 a.m. to consider the budget for the other City departments as presented.


“Our leadership team has worked hard to present a balanced budget for fiscal year 2010.  We took a critical look at every component of the budget to make this sound recommendation.  This effort, combined with our conservative revenue forecasts has allowed us to create a budget that meets the needs of our citizens and our employees.”


Among the priorities that are being recommended by the Mayor to the City Council are:



General Fund:


Conservative Revenue Forecasts to Prevent Budget Shortfall ($2,600,000) – The City is budgeting for a reduction in revenue received from the state by $600,000 over fiscal year 2009.  By making decisions now based upon reduced revenue it helps prevent future budget corrections in mid-year from revenue sharing shortfalls.


Improved Public Safety Protection with Enhanced Public Safety Personnel ($422,014) – Three additional firefighters and a training instructor are being requested by the Fire Department.  This will allow the City to maintain current minimum staffing levels without incurring overtime cost and enhance the training opportunities for emergency response personnel.   A replacement for K9 “Dutch” is being requested to allow for his retirement and for the Police Department to continue the goal of having a K9 for narcotics and patrol on every shift.


Expand Transportation Options with New Bus Route and Pathways ($170,988) – A new east-west bus route operated by Valley Regional Transit along the Ustick corridor between Meridian and Boise is being requested.  This would be a partnership with the City of Boise with each funding one half of this express route.  Two pathway projects are also being requested, the Five Mile Creek Pathway to connect the Bud Porter Pathway to Fairview Avenue and the 8th Street Park Pathway to connect the Bud Porter Pathway to the sidewalk on the end of 8th street.


Increased Recreation Options with Improvements to Parks ($476,852) – Equipment and maintenance costs are being requested for Julius M. Kleiner Park, the new 66 acre park near the intersection of Eagle and Fairview in Meridian that is being developed as a turn-key project for the City by the Kleiner Foundation.  Phase III improvements to Heroes Park which includes a restroom facility are being south, in addition to a park shelter at Gordon Harris Park.



Enterprise Fund:


Conservation and Stewardship of Water Resources ($2,450,000) – Funding for the construction of reclaimed water service lines, booster station, and reservoir and other projects are being recommended to provide needed infrastructure to distribute reclaimed water to city parks and other facilities.  This will help protect Idaho’s vital water supply as well as the quality of surface water resources in Meridian, supporting the City’s vision to enhance our natural environment, improve water quality and ensure modern and reliable facilities.


Capital Improvements to Continue Needed System Expansion ($1,751,060) – Construction of a new well, ground water reservoir, and sewer and water line extensions are being proposed in order to continue to provide exemplary public services and facilities that support the needs of our growing community.


Continued Planning for Future Needs ($1,268,000) – A Groundwater Master Plan and an update to the Sewer Master are being recommended to continue planning for the future needs of Meridian to ensure that we provide modern and reliable facilities while maintaining financial stewardship.  


Replacement and Maintenance of Infrastructure ($1,341,840) – Enhancement requests for downtown urban renewal, well rehabilitations, water main replacements and other items to keep the existing infrastructure of our utility systems robust.  These investments will pay dividends and ensure the long term viability of our city.


Utilize Technology to Streamline Processes ($649,000) – Funding to continue the installation of radio read transmitters on water meters, install automation upgrades at the Waste Water Treatment Plant, and other items are being requested in the fiscal year 2010 budget.  These help ensure staff is technically proficient staff, information is centralized, processes are streamlined, and staff costs are decreased.


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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 now one of Idaho’s largest and fastest growing communities. As the home to many young families, Meridian is a vibrant community whose mission is to be a premier city to live, work and raise a family. For more information about Meridian, visit
www.meridiancity.org.


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