City officials wrapped up their budget work sessions last week for the 2020-21 fiscal year with funding requests from the public works department, city hall and planning and zoning.
The public works department includes water, wastewater and the Pella Municipal Airport. The city is proposing a water rate increase of 5 percent for FY 20-21, which would cost the average household an additional $2.50 per month. An 8 percent wastewater rate increase is being proposed as well, which would equate to a cost increase of $4 per month for the average household. This is the third of four proposed wastewater rate increases needed to fund mandates required by the Iowa Department of Natural Resources.
The airport recently received a $1,197,540 grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) grant program. This funding will be used to reconstruct 2,800 feet of Runway 16/34 to maintain pavement and to minimize debris from foreign objects. The total cost for projects proposed by the department for this fiscal year are $1,579,864.
Planning and zoning is seeking to upgrade a vacant zoning administrator position to a planning and zoning director. With the upcoming vacancy, city administration plans to hire a supervisor to help with an increase in ongoing development projects.
The city also plans to budget $30,000 for the Pella Area Community and Economic Alliance and $232,000 for the Pella Convention and Visitors Bureau. A public hearing will be held March 17 to certify the budget. The budget for this fiscal year will begin July 1, 2020.
The following are department requests for the FY 20-21 budget:
Public Works – Water
Net Water Fund Budget: $1,212,224
The total cost for projects proposed by the department for this fiscal year are $1,563,500.
Public Works – Wastewater
Net Wastewater Fund Budget: $1,158,027
The total cost for projects proposed by the department for this fiscal year are $6,891,000.
Net General Fund Budget: $635,090
The total cost for projects proposed by the department for this fiscal year are $498,180.
Planning and Zoning
Net General Budget Fund: $327,026
The total cost for projects proposed by the department for this fiscal year are $0. The department plans to conduct a Comprehensive Plan update for the city in FY 21-22, and it is estimated at $90,000.