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The Johnston City Council unanimously approved the City’s budget for Fiscal Year 2019 on Monday, March 5, 2018. The budget adopted will keep Johnston fiscally sound, while ensuring the Mayor and City Council’s priorities are met. The new budget will go into effect July 1, 2018.The FY 2019 budget for Johnston is comprised of expenditures totaling nearly $54.7 million; including basic operating expenditures of $15.9 million, special revenue expenditures $2.4 million, Tax Increment Financing expenditures $5.6 million, dept service expenditures $8.6 million, capital improvement expenditures $8.6 million, and proprietary expenditures $13.4 million.The $54.7 million budget increases the property tax rate slightly from $11.39 to $11.52 per $1,000 of taxable assessed value. The $0.13 increase is necessary due to the community’s growth and the state established property tax rollback. Due to the state assessed property tax rollback, residential property owners pay taxes based on 56.94 percent of their assessed property value. The general fund levy for Johnston is $7.91 per $1,000 valuation of assessed value – remaining the fourth lowest in Polk County, $0.19 cents below the legal cap of $8.10.“Over the last 10 years, Johnston has seen a population increase of 50.49 percent,” said City Administrator Jim Sanders. “As our community continues grow, so does the demand for city services. Elected officials prioritize projects each year based on the needs of the community. Our financial position continues to remain strong and it is important we maintain a steady tax rate, while ensuring the needs of the community are met each year.”
Key Capital Improvement Projects in the FY 2019 Budget Include:
Road and Trail Projects
Water Quality Improvements
The City of Johnston currently has 104 full-time staff positions. A new position will be added in January 2019 – a full-time civilian supporting the Community Service Officer within the Police Department. This position will provide assistance and expertise to supplement the needs of the police department’s patrol force allowing for efficiencies as well as more effective use of limited sworn staff. Tasks currently being performed by a sworn police officer will be reallocated to a highly trained civilian counterpart. Some examples of the services this new position will provide are: animal control, parking enforcement, roadside assistance, vehicle unlocks, traffic control, Vacation House Watch inspections, crime prevention program assistance, equipment maintenance and filing lost/found property reports.
The FY 19 Budget also includes utility rate increases which had been previously approved by the City Council. Each Johnston household will see an average monthly bill increase of $5.35. The increase was deemed necessary following a fiscal analysis of each enterprise fund to account for system and operational costs resulting from the continued growth of the community.For each dollar paid on property taxes, the City receives approximately $0.27. There are eight other entities collecting revenue from property taxes paid by Johnston residents including:
More information about the City’s FY 2019 budget can be found here.