Water Rates Will Increase April 1st

Council approved a water rate increase that will go into effect April 1, 2011. For well over a year now, we have discussed the need to increase water rates to keep up with costs. The fund is not breaking even and reserves are depleted. Water service is provided to residents and property owners in Salida […]

Rates to be increased for water service

A revised water rate study recently completed by the city’s engineering firm Schmueser Gordon Meyer (SGM) is now available for review. The draft study, which was made available on March 1st, indicated rates are well below the required level to pay for the cost of the plant and water system. Alternatives for increasing rates will be considered by the … more […]

Re-writing the Salida Municipal Code

The City has begun a project to re-write the Salida Municipal Code. The primary goals of this project are two-fold – increase the relevance of the code by removing obsolete regulations and improve the city’s operating efficiency. Before approving the 2011 budget, the City Council asked staff to review the work performed in each department. […]

Budget Shortfalls Avoided

Those who have followed the public meetings and articles about the city budget may have picked up conflicting messages. Earlier this year, we expected a shortfall for 2010. Budget work sessions for 2011 led off with similar concerns. Recently, we discussed how much reserves will increase and future resources will be freed up after final […]

Request for Proposals – Occupational Tax Compliance Audits

The City of Salida requests sealed proposals for auditing the tax revenue compliance of lodgers operating within the City for reporting periods during 2009 and 2010. Scope of Services. A contract for professional services shall be awarded for a firm to perform audit specifically designed to ensure lodgers’ compliance with occupation taxes assessed by the City. […]

Budget Constraints Challenge City Staff to Review Services Provided

The annual budget process is nearing completion. Earlier this week the public hearing for the proposed 2011 budget was continued until the November 16th council meeting. At that time we expect City Council to finalize the document that essentially becomes our operating plan for the coming year. Even without the severe reduction in revenue faced in this election, the City has difficult choices on how to allocate available funds. Over the next several months, staff will evaluate services provided to residents and visitors and will propose changes.

Expectations for the level of basic public services and quality of life amenities are not the same for all citizens. As we continue to evaluate what services we provide and where we spend taxpayer dollars, we welcome your input.

Notice of Budget

Notice is hereby given that a proposed 2011 budget has been submitted to the Salida City Council. A copy of the proposed budget is available for public inspection at City Hall located in the Touber Building at 448 E. 1st Street, Suite 112 in Salida. The proposed budget was presented at the regular … more »

Election Information

As a follow up post to Mayor Rose’s column last week I would like to encourage citizens to attend the upcoming forums sponsored by the League of Women Voters in Salida and Buena Vista over the next three weeks. All forums are from 7-9 PM. Also, the statewide ballot issues affecting local finances are also of utmost interest … more […]

How do I register my dog / cat with the City?

The City of Salida no longer requires dog or cat licenses. A voluntary registration program is available through the Arkansas Valley Humane Society if you wish to register your pet. Being included in AVHS’s database can help reconnect you with your pet in the event he or she is ever lost. The City’s registration requirement was […]

City Finance Update

Requests for funding community projects are being accepted for the 2011 budget process although little, if any, funding will be available. The City has been accused of doing nothing to “tighten the belt” on spending during the current economic times. This simply is not true. Community projects are just one area likely to be affected next year.

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