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Council to act on West Des Moines Budget for FY 2017-18

Post Date:02/16/2017 3:01 PM
The West Des Moines City Council will hold a public hearing at its regularly scheduled meeting on Tuesday, February 21, to review and approve the City’s proposed budget for FY 2017–18. The adoption of the budget is the most important action taken by any City’s elected officials each year.

The Council is expected to approve maintaining the property tax levy rate for residents at $12.00 per $1,000 of taxable valuation. The tax levy was lowered from $12.05 to $12.00 in 2015, and has not increased since July 1, 2007. West Des Moines has the third lowest tax rate among Iowa’s ten largest cities.

The FY 2017-18 budget is comprised of basic operating expenditures totaling approximately $72.9 million, business/proprietary expenses of $37.7 million, debt service expenditures of $21.5 million and capital improvement expenditures of $116.1 million. These expenditures amount to a total budget of nearly $248.2 million.

The FY 2017-18 Capital Improvement Plan includes:

•  The second of four construction phases to widen and reconstruct Ashworth Road from Jordan Creek Parkway and 98th Street
•  Street, sewer and water construction projects related to the newest Microsoft data center (Project Osmium), including construction of the Grand Prairie Parkway Bridge over the Raccoon River
•  Numerous park projects including construction of lighted sand volleyball courts, a shelter and restrooms at Valley View Park, a shelter, playground and basketball court at Pinedale Park, additional renovations to the baseball fields at Holiday Park and construction of basketball and tennis courts and a loop trail at Woodland Hills Park.
•  Valley Junction alley improvements
•  Stormwater system improvements in the vicinity of 1st Street and Grand Avenue
•  Sanitary sewer system improvements in several strategic areas, each of which is needed to support pending development projects

The City will receive approximately $7.5 million in Road Use Tax funding during FY 17-18. Approximately $6.5 million of these funds will be used for street-related expenditures (capital improvement projects and operating expenditures), and the remaining funds will cover street lighting costs and other obligations.

The City currently has 421.25 full-time equivalent positions. Eight new full-time equivalent positions are recommended to increase efficiency and meet public demand for services, including two firefighters, two operations specialists in the sanitary sewer division of the Public Services Department, a facilities planner in Engineering Services, a Human Resources administrator, an IT administrative secretary and a Legal administrative secretary.

The proposed Operating and Capital Budgets are reviewed each year during meetings involving citizens, elected officials and City staff.

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