By Nicole Montesano • Staff Writer • 

Mac council to discuss finances, library and pot

The council will meet at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 28, for an informal dinner session, followed by a formal 7 p.m. meeting. Both are open to the public, and will take place in the Civic Hall, 200 N.E. Second Street.

It has become an annual tradition for the city to review its budget in mid-winter, before spring brings formal work on the next fiscal year budget. The city also has been using that review to go over projections for the next five years.

This year, according to City Manager Kent Taylor, the city began the fiscal year with a “larger-than-estimated beginning fund balance in the General Fund, and we believe we will end the current fiscal year with some expenditure savings.”

Forecasts for the next few years, Taylor wrote in a memo to the council, show “healthy fund balances, although a gradual reduction over time as reserves are used to supplement operating income. It does show the need to continue to monitor financial conditions and to be fiscally prudent as we prepare and adopt future General Fund budgets.”

The council will hear a report from city staff including Taylor, Police Chief Ron Noble, City Attorney Candace Haines, City Planning Director Doug Montgomery and Senior Planner Ron Pomeroy on recommendations for siting new medical marijuana dispensaries within city limits.

In other business, the council will:

* Hear a report from Library Director Jenny Berg on a proposal to improve the library plaza, and address use by non-library patrons. The Ford Institute Leadership Program of McMinnville and the Library Foundation have pledged financial support, including a promise from the Library Foundation to cover the $4,800 to hire an architect for “concept design services.”

* Review the council’s goals and objectives for the year.

* Vote on a resolution to increase sewer fees by 2.8 percent, effective next July 1.


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