The $42.9 million proposed 2018 budget for Washougal includes a three-percent cost-of-living adjustment for all city employees.
It also includes the addition of a new police officer, funding for street maintenance and a one-percent property tax increase. The budgeted amount for an officer — an administrative sergeant — is $100,000, while there is $750,000 for a pavement management program.
Washougal Finance Director Jennifer Forsberg said she has budgeted $4.5 million for general property taxes and $945,000 for the EMS levy voters passed in the Nov. 7 election.
Water rates will vary for residential and commercial customers. City Administrator David Scott said that, overall, the entire system is expected to see an increase of three percent, but added that some customers will see their water charges reduced, while others will see increases.
Next year is the final year of a multi-year phase-in to the city’s new rate structure.