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Lincoln City Councilors and volunteer citizens put the cherry on the budget cupcake….

Lincoln City City Council & Citizen Budget Committee members…

The Lincoln City City Council Monday night sprinkled a little more money on the city’s 2019-2020 fiscal year budget. A lot of the big items had already been pretty well hashed out by the council, although there may be some late minute adjustments.

Budget additions included pumping up a fund to help Lincoln City Police get rid of more abandoned or broken down cars that materialize on city streets and other public rights of way – something around $10,000 to help the police get the job done. Additional funds for emergency preparedness were also allocated. Then some heavy lifting to acquire a new street sweeper rang the cash register at $280,000. But the budget committee backed off a bit when they learned the cost of a new “Hydro-Excavator” truck. The vehicle will not be purchased for $240,000 – but rather it’ll be a lease-to-own arrangement. Such a vehicle can handle heavy storm water damage, debris and other issues surrounding flooding.

Then the budget committee turned their attention to how to spend about $350,000 from marijuana sales taxes. The budget committee decided that spending $55,000 to pay for sports player fees is a good start while the rest would go toward park improvements city-wide.

Other proceeds from the city’s marijuana tax revenues could pay for an innovative park restroom, very popular in Portland – hence the name “Portland Loo.”

Funds for outdoor “Neighborhood Watch” signs were allocated – $3,500.

Items that were turned down included “Facility Purchase for Workforce Housing,” and a thumbs down for a Cottage Cluster Development – the reason being that the city already owns land that such a development can be built on.

A sidewalk project on Oar Avenue bit the dust. Meanwhile, immediate plans to fund a local “activist” fund which conceivably could include anti-Climate Change efforts was informally endorsed. But a wide range of other “causes” could also be included.

The committee agreed to put $28,000 into a county wide effort to coordinate municipal water systems up and down the coast with a proviso that until they understand the details of the plan, which involves Newport, they’re going to withhold payment until they know exactly how the $28,000 will be spent. Committee members strongly support Lincoln City joining the rest of the other Central Coast communities but they want to get a clearer idea about how the money will be spent.

The city council is expected to ratify, or slightly modify the budget committee’s budget preferences at a future meeting

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