Wilsonville Adopts 2020-21 FY Budget, Extends Local State of Emergency

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City of Wilsonville NEWS RELEASE
For Immediate Release

June 2, 2020

CONTACT:     Bill Evans, Communications and Marketing Manager
503-570-1502; evans@ci.wilsonville.or.us

Wilsonville Adopts 2020-21 FY Budget, Extends Local State of Emergency

WILSONVILLE, Ore. — At the June 1, 2020, meeting of the Wilsonville City Council, the Council adopted a City budget for the 2020-21 fiscal year beginning July 1, 2020. Theall-funds budget of $214.3 million was approved for the Council’s consideration by the Budget Committee on May 21.

The annual budgeting process coincided with the COVID-19 pandemic, providing a unique challenge for City Finance staff, the City Manager, and the Budget Committee. More than $2 million was cut out from the draft budget, with an expectation that more adjustments could be made as the City’s financial position becomes clearer in the wake of coronavirus economic impacts.

In conjunction with the adoption of the FY 2020-21 budget, the Council adopted two resolutions that confirm Wilsonville’s eligibility and election to receive state-shared revenues totaling $2.55 million, with $0.75 million for the General Fund and $1.8 million of gas-tax revenues for the Road Operating Fund.

The Council also extended the local state of emergency through July 21, allowing the City to continue to coordinate an effective response by redirecting funding for emergency use as needed, implementing mutual-aid agreements with other public agencies and otherwise adjusting operations in the interest of public welfare.

Council adopted a one-year extension of the Wilsonville-Metro Community Enhancement Program, which funds community-driven projects that “rehabilitate and enhance” Wilsonville based on Metro fee for every ton of waste processed at the local solid-waste transfer facility. The program, established in 2015, has allocated about $320,000 to fund projects of local benefit.

During Communications, Wilsonville Police Chief Rob Wurpes delivered the Wilsonville Police Department’s annual report, detailing data that demonstrated a slight decrease in overall police activity in 2019. Against the backdrop of the national conversation around concerns of police brutality, Wurpes condemned the incident in Minneapolis and provided the City Council with a summary of the hiring, onboarding and training practices used locally to identify officers well-suited to fair and equitable policing.

With City Hall set to accommodate public re-entry on June 8, Public Works staff detailed the City’s Facility Re-Entry and Control Plan, a blueprint for accommodating public re-entry to City buildings. The document identifies site-specific safety controls in place to protect community members and staff.

Mayor Tim Knapp designated the week of June 1-5 as “Honoring the High School Senior Class of 2020 Week,” and read a proclamation recognizing about 300 resilient Wilsonville-area seniors who are completing a school year abruptly altered by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Council also approved the re-appointment of four citizens to positions on City boards and commissions:

  • Miriam Violet Pinoli, re-appointed to serve a new four-year term on the Library Board.
  • David Davis, re-appointed to serve a new three-year term on the Wilsonville-Metro Community Enhancement Committee.
  • Amanda Johnson, re-appointed to serve a new three-year term on the Wilsonville-Metro Community Enhancement Committee.
  • Albert Levit, re-appointed to serve a new three-year term on the Tourism Promotion Committee.

During the work session prior to the meeting, SMART Transit staff shared details about the ongoing preparation of the agency’s Public Transportation Agency Safety Plan (PTASP), a prerequisite required by the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) to maintain eligibility to receive federal funding.

City staff provided an overview of the Integrated Pest Management (IPM) Plan and a new Activity Report that details specific practices used in the maintenance of City parks, grounds and facilities.

Public Works staff discussed an agreement with BioBot Analytics to include Wilsonville as one of more than 400 cities nationwide testing local wastewater as a first step in determining and mitigating the effects of COVID-19 on wastewater systems.

The next scheduled meeting of the City Council is Monday, June 15, at 7 pm; a pre-meeting work session begins at 5 pm.

Community members can watch all City Council meetings on cable (Comcast/Xfinity Ch. 30, Frontier Ch. 32) or on the City’s YouTube channel: ci.wilsonville.or.us/WilsonvilleTV.

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