City Council Begins Budget Talks for 2014
It is number crunching time as the Yakima City Council has started its budget talks for 2014.
City Manager Tony O'Rourke says “We’re proposing a budget with a net increase of one percent with no tax or fee increases with a heavy emphasis on public safety and improving the communities appearance.”
O'Rourke says the budget includes money to improve more city roads. The city proposes investing $16 million in addition to the work that was completed this year.
The city manager noted that city crews worked on 28 lane miles in 2013. Next spring the city wants to see improvements on 92 lane miles next spring.
The budget also includes money to improve safety including funding for 74 new police cars that are arriving next month.
The city council will hold several more hearings on the city budget before voting to approve the document in late December.