City’s priorities set in budget |

City’s priorities set in budget

Infrastructure, including road and sidewalk improvements and water systems, will top Nevada City’s budging priorities for the year ahead, according to budget documents.

The city’s annual budget also includes proposed salary increases for city managers and employees, as reported in The Union on Saturday. The planned pay increases comes despite some criticism about the city’s management of its finances, as well as inadequate police enforcement of pandhandlers and drug and alcohol abusers in the downtown and city parks.

Nevada City’s recently approved $6.5 million spending plan calls for $45,000 to replace 500 water meters, as well as $30,000 to replace aging water valves around the city. The city plans to spend about $450,000 in transportation sales tax funds this year.

The city recently finished a water valve replacement project with some of the oldest valves replaced dating back to the 1890s.

Crumbling city streets already are a city issue.

Voters passed a half-cent sales tax for transportation improvements with more than 80-percent approval last November.

Some of the budget changes ” formally approved by the council ” include:

– Money for a consultant to update city laws passed since 1990.

– Salary increases for city employees, helping the city compete with comparable cities for workers.

– City Web site improvements and establishment of an information kiosk at City Hall.

– Reduced workers compensation.

– Added funds for independent auditing.


To contact Staff Writer Greg Moberly, e-mail gregm@the or call 477-4234.

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