Final budget discussions on agenda

By David Hotle, The JOURNAL


The third and last scheduled workshop on the fiscal year 2019 budget is scheduled to be held at 6 p.m. in the Washington Public Library.

Washington City Administrator Brent Hinson said the meeting usually is an opportunity for outside organizations that derive part of their funding from the city to give comments on their funding requests for the coming year. Hinson said this year Main Street, PAWS and More, and the Washington Tourism Board ? which is the Washington Chamber of Commerce?s tourism arm and includes the welcome center ? have all already given funding requests to the council.

The majority of the budget requests mirror the requests from last year. Again this year, Main Street has asked for $20,000 of support from the council. According to the budget request, since 2008 Main Street has reported 33 business starts, 57 new jobs, and over $9 million in private funding invested in the downtown area.

The tourism committee is also asking for $20,000. Last year the money was used to create a tourism program. Also on the list of accomplishments for the past year was the passage of a hotel/motel tax in Washington.

The Washington Economic Development Group is asking for a 2 percent increase in funding this year to $22,287.

PAWS and More Is asking for a slight increase to $21,000 this year.

According to numbers supplied, the shelter had about $24,000 of expenses last yeear. Last year, $17,000 was contributed by the city.

The city budget is due to the state on March 15.

Also on the agenda for the meeting is scheduling a public hearing on the budget for the regular March 6 council meeting.