With little fanfare, the Spokane Valley City Council made several adjustments to its 2013 budget at its Tuesday night meeting.
Council members, without much discussion, approved the adjustments unanimously. However, Mark Calhoun, city finance director, did answer affirmatively a query from Council Member Arne Woodard that sales tax projects continue to tick upward.
“Sales taxes are coming in real strong,” Calhoun said.
The revised budget now shows sales tax projects coming in at $15.25 million in 2013 as opposed to the earlier estimate of $15.10 million.
In a continued push for economic development, the new budget allows for an additional $125,000 to an advertising campaign that has proven to be popular. The original line item had been for $75,000.
The new budget also reflects a correction of a data-entry error into the payroll budget to the tune of $70,000.
The lease to City Hall was recently renegotiated, freeing up $66,600. However, new carpeting is needed so the city will pay half of the $50,000 total anticipated cost.
The council agreed to spend $60,000 for business-route signage, $42,000 for the continued development of the proposed Balfour Park expansion and another $150,000 for design work of the pending Appleway Trail.
CenterPlace’s operating reserve fund will also be reduced by $50,000 and that amount put back in the general fund, as it is over the $300,000 necessary to be set aside to cover operations.
In other news, the council approved the first reading of an ordinance that will allow for formerly owned manufactured homes to be placed on individual lots. The second reading for final approval is planned for June 11.
The council also gave its final approval Tuesday to an ordinance that will align the city’s dangerous dog rules with those of Spokane County, which provides animal control for the city.
Finally, the council canceled its planned June 4 study session due to lack of business. The council will next meet for a formal meeting on June 18.