Editor’s note: This is the final story in a series about the city of Sun Valley’s proposed fiscal 2020 budget.

The Sun Valley City Council has a $16.5 million budget for fiscal 2020 ready for public review on Thursday, Aug. 1.

The council will hold a public hearing on the first reading of the budget that day. The meeting will begin at 4 p.m. at City Hall. The council also has special meetings set to approve the budget on Aug. 6 and Aug. 12. The budget requires three readings to be approved; it will take effect on Oct. 1.

The city plans to spend slightly more than $6 million on its general fund, the primary source of operating dollars for city services.

The proposed budget includes:

  • The legislative section, which includes Mayor Peter Hendricks and the four council members, plans to spend $171,290, compared with $169,105 in the current budget.
  • Administration plans to spend $1,017,188, compared with $956,491 in fiscal 2019;
  • The Community Development Department plans to spend $497,609, compared with $491,515 in fiscal 2019;
  • The Police Department plans to spend $1,799,426, compared with $1,723,103 in fiscal 2019;
  • The Fire Department plans to spend $1,103,224, compared with $1,078,956 in the current budget;
  • The Street Department plans to spend $654,398, compared with $663,649 in fiscal 2019;
  • Spending on Mountain Rides, Visit Sun Valley and Sun Valley Economic Development will total $756,700, compared with $645,550 in fiscal 2019.

Next year, the total budget includes spending $5,620,800 on the third year of the road and path construction program. Sun Valley voters approved a $17.5 million bond measure in November 2017 to fund a bevy of road and path projects throughout the city. The bond money will be close to exhausted in fiscal 2020.

The city spent $1,848,832 on construction in fiscal 2018, which was the first year of projects. The city is spending $7,918,500 in the current budget on the projects, which are under construction throughout Sun Valley this summer.

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