Gearhart approves 2018-19 budget

Portion of the Gearhart 2018-19 budget.

The city of Gearhart unanimously approved their 2018-19 budget, with final adoption at Wednesday’s City Council meeting. The rate is $1.0053 for every $1,000 of assessed property value.

The budget was presented in late April, with resources of $1,958,874, a $12,716 decrease from last year’s budgeted resources.

Budget numbers have not changed since then, City Administrator Chad Sweet said Thursday.

The budget, largely funded by $561,000 in property taxes, represents a decrease of almost 2 percent from 2017-18 property tax revenue.

Of the general fund, fire and police departments receive the largest share, each approaching $500,000 including personnel, materials and services and capital outlay.

Gearhart has a “piggy bank” of $67,000 for the police car reserve fund. The city will add $15,000 to that fund this year. Police cars are estimated at about $38,000.

The city also plans the purchase of self-contained breathing apparatus for firefighters, considered a necessity for the safety of firefighters when facing indoor blazes.

While the city has applied for a grant, the city has a reserve of $183,000 for the $220,000 equipment cost.

Detailed expenditures for state revenue sharing were updated to allocate funds for nonprofit and community organizations. Of a total of $29,700, the city will designate $4,000 for the city’s 100-year celebration. The city’s emergency response team will see a $1,000 jump in funding, to $3,500. Helping Hands Re-entry Outreach Centers will receive city funds for the first time, with a $2,300 allocation. Clatsop Community Action and Clatsop Economic Development Resources each saw $500 reductions in city funding.

The 2018-19 road district budget of more than $186,000 also received approval, with a taxpayer cost of 6 cents per $1,000 of property assessed value.

Councilors voted twice by title in their approval to meet a June 30 deadline.

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