Astoria City Council Set to Meet to Discuss Astoria Parks Budget
Mon, Jul 10, 2017
The Astoria City Council will be meeting on Monday, July 17th at 7:00PM at City Hall (1095 Duane Street, 2nd Floor) to discuss a $3.00 water utility fee increase as well as an increase to the lodging tax as a solution to raise money for the city's Parks and Recreation Department.
Over the past six months, City staff and its Council have been discussing how to generate additional revenue to continue providing the quality programming that our citizens have grown to love. As a result, on Monday, July 17th, the Astoria City Council will be reviewing a recommendation to implement a monthly $3.00 Parks and Recreation Fee added to residential and commercial water bills, along with a 2% increase to the Transient Room Tax paid by visiting tourists when they stay at a hotel, motel, or B&B in town.
If additional revenue is not identified, Astoria Parks and Recreation Staff have recommended the City Council consider the elimination of youth and adult sports and closing the Astoria Aquatic Center. It is with great consideration that we present this option as we know how valuable these services are to our community.
For more information on how we came to this conclusion and why a reduction in other Department services will not provide the savings needed, please review the City Council packet.
For more information, please refer to this infographic. astoria_park_infographic.pdf or go to http://www.astoriaparks.com/Astoria_Parks_Budget.aspx to watch our informational video.
Public commentary will be available at the City Council meeting. Each citizen will be allowed a total of three minutes to speak and must present their name and address to state for the record.
City Council Agenda Packet 07.17.17