SOAP LAKE – The Soap Lake city council approved the city’s 2014 budget Wednesday night.
The council voted 6-1 with newly sworn-in Councilman Robert Brown voting against it. Brown took issue with the city not showing a $40,000 transfer from the solid waste fund to the street fund. He said it should be shown in the record.
Other council members said the issue had been repeatedly discussed and since he just took office he was too late with the request.
The budget includes $529,233 in revenues for the 2014 general fund, which is down 14 percent from this year’s $615,706, Mayor Raymond Gravelle said.
“The general fund, which supports the police and fire departments along with the overall operations of the city, will lose an estimated $28,000 in 2014,” the mayor said. “This continues the downward trend over the past five years and is not sustainable.”
Other major decreases he cited included the city water fund at $356,171 in revenues for 2014, down 7 percent from the 2013 total of $382,041.
Gravelle’s recent annual budget report showed nearly $4 million in capital improvement projects are funded and ready to be completed in 2014. Those include$1.3 million in wastewater treatment upgrades, $2.1 million in downtown redevelopment, including sewer line replacement, landscaping and the restriping of Daisy Street, and improving the state route entrance to Soap Lake.