By Nicole Montesano • Staff Writer • 

Council to hold three hearings Tuesday

The council will meet at 6 p.m. in informal dinner session and 7 p.m. in formal business session. Both are set for the McMinnville Civic Hall, 200 N.E. Second St., and both are open to all interested members of the public.

The council also plans to hold two other hearings, one on proposed uses for state revenue-sharing money and the other on a proposed tax on hotel rooms and other forms of temporary lodging.

The city budget committee approved an $80.7 million spending plan for the coming year May 16. Now it’s the council’s turn.

The budget provides an 1.8 percent cost of living increase for employees. It cuts funding for parks maintenance and eliminates a planning position.

The city is expecting $270,000 in state revenue-sharing money. The staff is proposing it be spent as follows:

* $22,500 to YCAP for handicapped transportation.

* $15,000 for a police administrative vehicle, $25,000 for a police investigations and support vehicle, $8,000 to replace a mobile data computer in a squad car and $100,000 to replace outdated portable radios in fire vehicles.

* $13,000 for roof repairs and $10,000 for window caulking at the library, and $1,500 for roof repairs at the aquatic center.

* $55,000 for an 11-foot rotary mower for parks maintenance and $20,000 to overlay Park Drive with a protective sealant.

The council is also considering implementation of an 8 percent local lodging tax, affecting 19 local operators. Under the law, 70 percent of the proceeds would be allocated for tourism-related programs and facilities, while the remainder would go into the city’s general fund.

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