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Posted: Monday, May 6, 2013 12:00 am

POST FALLS - The City of Post Falls wants residents' opinions on what its budget priorities should be - before the public hearing rolls around on Aug. 20.

The city has set up an online survey asking citizens their opinions and priorities on city services as it begins shaping its fiscal year 2014 budget.

"I think having input early on in the process is better than later on," said Jason Faulkner, the city's finance director. "As we begin the planning ... I invite our citizens to help develop a proposed budget by sharing their thoughts on how we create a balanced budget that addresses city services and remains fiscally responsible."

The survey's 10 questions include:

- ranking the importance of existing services;

- what, if any, new services should the city implement;

- what, if any, services should the city stop providing; and

- suggestions for a more transparent budget process.

To keep informed about the budget or to take the survey, visit www.postfallsidaho.org.

Click on "Finance/Budget" in the Quick Links menu on the right for budget information. The budget survey is available with a link in the News and Events section.

Printed copies of the survey are also available in the Finance Department on the second floor of City Hall, 408 N. Spokane St.

The city's current General Fund budget is $19.1 million. Faulkner said it's too early to say whether that will increase or decrease.

The City Council has not increased taxes in three out of the past four years, including for the current budget. Cities are allowed to increase taxes up to 3 percent each year under law.

The current budget included 5 percent pay hikes for all sworn police personnel and emergency communications officers and up to a 3 percent merit hike for other employees. The police wage increase was partially due to being more competitive with neighboring agencies and avoid turnover and costs to re-train new officers.

Department heads did not receive an increase. Most city employees had not had a wage increase in four years.

No new positions were added to the city's staff this year.

The council will hold workshops - dates to be determined - to hammer out the fiscal 2014 budget leading up to the Aug. 20 public hearing. The workshops are open to the public, but public comment generally is not accepted at that time.

For more information on the budget or survey, contact Faulkner at jfaulkner@postfallsidaho.org or 777-4504.

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  • greyhound2 posted at 12:15 pm on Mon, May 6, 2013.

    greyhound2 Posts: 897

    Recomendations are as follows:

    1. Convert the "Glass Palace of Versaille" City Hall into a homeless shelter as more good will come from it as it only needs a few more bathrooms..

    2. Roll back City Water Bills to 1996 levels of $16 per month as there has been no increase in service after a 325% increase to a current $53 per front door.

    3. Convert the Police Station into a Health Club Gym as Cops don't need a weight-room and lounge.

    4. Subtract from City paychecks montly payments for the "Field of Weeds" listed as some kind of community development on the ex-lumber mill development as the "The River-of-What-Ever" which they approved.

    5. Institute an "Ag-Preserve" for the Prairie so the area doesn't become another urban blight like most other areas. You will see property your values soar.

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