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$27 million budget for town planned

Erich Sommer, Sierra Sun

Town of Truckee staff have proposed a $27 million budget for the 2001-02 fiscal year, up almost $7 million from last year’s budget of $20,818,364.

Most of the increase in expenditures, however, is in capital improvement projects, primarily road construction and maintenance projects. The State Route 267 Bypass and parking and landscape improvements for downtown account for almost $6 million of the $11,458,563 proposed for capital projects.

Total revenues in the proposed budget are $23,691,070, up from last year’s total revenues of $18,161,008. Most of the increase in revenue comes from grants.

The Town also has a carry forward of $3,973,358. Carry forward is money that has been allocated but yet to be paid out. Most of the carry forward money also stems from capital projects from previous years.

Proposed total expenditures are $27,664,428.

The Truckee Police Department will see some of the most dramatic changes in the proposed budget.

The Police Department’s expenditures increased over $2 million, from $2,832,373 to $4,922,580.

The Town has allocated $360,000 for contract services with the Nevada County Sheriff’s department for July and August. The Truckee Police Department is expected to begin operations Sept. 1.

The question of where people will be booked and held, though still not formalized, appears to have an end in sight.

“It appears the jail issue will be resolved,” said Town Manager Steven Wright. “The assumption we are making is that Nevada and Placer County work out the deal.”

The deal involves the two counties joining forces to run the facility in Truckee currently maintained by Nevada County Sheriff’s department.

“The sheriff has an obligation to run a jail, somewhere,” Superior Court Judge Anders Holmer said Tuesday. He went on to explain that jail could be in Truckee or Nevada City.

“You either regionalize, with some sort of collaboration with Placer County, or you centralize,” Holmer said. “We gotta get this done. I will do whatever it takes to get this done.”

Mayor Don McCormack was confident that it will happen.

“This budget, it will work, with the county’s current attitude,” he said.

Town staff report they hope to have the budget approved by the Council by July 5.


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