The Ada County Courthouse

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Local agencies are preparing to present their budgets for next fiscal year, which starts Oct. 1.

Meridian City Council and city leaders will meet July 19 for the city’s third budget workshop. The city will then release the proposed budget to the public for comment and hold a public hearing on Aug. 22 at Meridian City Hall. The adoption of the budget is set for Sept. 5.

The total city budget proposed by Meridian Mayor Tammy de Weerd is $108.4 million, a year-over-year increase of almost 18 percent.

ADA COUNTY

Ada County will present its proposed budget to the public at 6 p.m. July 17 in the public hearing room of the Ada County Courthouse, 200 W. Front St., Boise.

The balanced budget comes to $252 million.

According to the county, budget highlights include:

  • Piping the Penitentiary Canal and creating 1.65 miles of wider, safer and smoother greenbelt pathway for all users;
  • Construction of stage three of the North Ravine Cell at the Ada County Landfill and purchasing two gas to energy engines;
  • $1.9 million for roof repairs/replacements;
  • $536,000 for the parking lot at Glenwood Street between the emergency medical services station and the University of Idaho Extension office.

The public can testify at the hearing or send comments to BOCC1@adaweb.net by 5 p.m. Monday.

After the hearing, the county’s tentative budget will be set on Aug. 1 and published in the Idaho Statesman Aug. 8. The final fiscal year 2018 budget will be adopted by resolution Aug. 15.

ADA COUNTY HIGHWAY DISTRICT

The Ada County Highway District, which manages 95 percent of the roads in the county, is holding a budget workshop at 5:30 p.m. July 27. The meeting will be at the ACHD auditorium, 3775 Adams. St., Garden City.

The district is proposing a $117.4 million budget for next fiscal year, up from roughly $110 this year.

"We’re actually looking at a record year for capital spending — $60.6 million — which translates into some 130 projects," district spokesman Craig Quintana said in an email.

For the first time in several years," he added, "the Commissioners are considering a $2.2 million increase in property taxes — the full amount allowed by state law — to fund the construction budget at this proposed level."

The district expects to publish the proposed budget Aug. 7, he said, and the public can weigh in during a hearing on Aug. 23.

Some major projects in the Meridian area slated for next year's ACHD budget are:

  • Cloverdale Road, Fairview Ave to Ustick Road: $2.9 million — five lane road with sidewalk and bike lanes
  • Pine Ave, Meridian Road to Locust Grove Road: $1.7 million
  • Cole Road and Lake Hazel Road intersection: $5 million

BY THE NUMBERS

The Ada County Highway District maintains and operates over 2,200 miles of roads and streets in Ada County with an estimated value of $3 billion.

Typical project costs:

  • One mile of five-lane road: $7 to $9 million
  • One mile of sidewalk: $100,000 to $200,000
  • Traffic signal: Up to $200,000

Major revenue sources estimated for the FY18 budget:

  • Property taxes: 37 percent of total revenue
  • Highway users fund: 29 percent of total revenue
  • Impact fees: 13 percent of total revenue
  • Vehicle registration fees: 9 percent of total revenue

FIVE-YEAR PLAN

The highway district has an integrated five-year work plan influenced by requests from cities, school districts and the county. Ten agencies submitted a total of 379 project requests for the highway district's fiscal year 2017 five-year work plan, and 177 were adopted into the plan, according to a March presentation posted to the district's website.

Thirty percent of the total requests came from the city of Meridian. Of Meridian's 110 project requests, 32 were adopted into the five-year plan. The city of Boise submitted 88 requests, with 53 being adopted. The West Ada School District submitted 34 requests, with 22 being adopted.

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