Washougal budget includes property tax increase

Public hearing will be held Monday

The Washougal City Council is reviewing a proposed 2016 budget of $48.47 million.

It includes $500,000 for the city’s pavement management program. Utility capital projects include the design of a zone 6 reservoir ($1.5 million), wastewater treatment plant improvements ($5 million), waterline replacements ($1 million) and 39th Street drainage improvements ($750,000).

There is also funding for an additional police officer ($100,000 for salary, benefits, supplies and equipment), two utility vehicles for the Washougal Police Department ($45,000 each) and a patrol passenger car ($28,000).

The proposed budget includes $600,000 to purchase the former site of George Schmid & Sons, Inc., at 1407 32nd St. The city is expected to develop the 17.88-acre property as a park. Washougal will receive $300,000 from Clark County Conservation Futures for the acquisition.

Additions to the Hartwood playground ($179,000) are planned, with $79,000 of that being grant funding. A pump track at Hamllik Park is projected to cost $32,000, with $5,000 coming from the PParks Foundation of Clark County.

The addition of sidewalks on the west side of 34th Street, from Evergreen to “J” Street, and on Evergreen Way, from 34th to 36th streets, are among the transportation projects.

The proposed budget includes one percent increases in the property tax and emergency medical services levies. A public hearing on those issues will be held Monday, during the next regular council meeting at 7 p.m., in the council chambers at City Hall, 1701 “C” St.