WILLISTON, N.D. — The Williston City Commission this week passed a $212 million budget for 2016 — about $65 million more than the city expects to bring in next year in revenue.
City officials told the Williston Herald that they’re hoping oil prices will rebound next year, bringing in an influx of tax money for the boomtown
Mayor Howard Klug said oil tax dollars had been estimated conservatively at about the same level as last year.
“If oil comes back in the second quarter as some are predicting, revenue from that line could be higher than expected,” he said.
Klug said the city would look for the money for the $65 million in projects it wants to do from a variety of sources to make them happen. They were short-listed from a project list totaling $246 million, all of which Klug says need to be addressed eventually.
“Some of those obviously won’t be addressed this time around,” he said.
The sales tax projections in the budget do not include the funding the city is splitting with Williams County for public safety. That revenue stream will be used to help fund a new fire house, a training facility, new equipment and additional manpower for a full-time firefighting force.
The fire department budget is going from about $9.6 million to almost $23 million; the ambulance budget is increasing about $2 million from the previous $4.9 million.
Information from: Williston Herald, http://www.willistonherald.com
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