The Roseburg City Council Monday unanimously approved a $69.6 million budget for fiscal year 2018-19.

The decision followed a public hearing at which no one made comments. The final approval followed a May decision by the city’s budget committee, which approved the budget proposed by city staff, without alterations.

The budget includes $240,000 in state revenue sharing, which will go into the general fund to support city services.

The overall general fund is $25 million. The department receiving the biggest share of that fund is the police department, budgeted at $7 million. The fire department comes in a close second, at $6.6 million. After that are public works at $3.7 million, city administration at $2.5 million, parks and recreation at $1.7 million, community development at $787,000, and municipal court at $505,000.

For the first time, the budget includes $355,535 for a new city library department. The city hopes to have the library reopened by October. It was formerly operated by the county government as part of a countywide system that shut down last year following voter rejection of a countywide library district.

Notable changes to the 2018-19 budget over this year’s budget include the addition of four new staff positions to the budget. Three are in the library, including newly hired library director Kris Wiley, and two part-time library staff positions.

The fourth new position included in the budget approved Monday is in the community development department. That position will be paid for by increased building and planning permit revenue.

The budget includes $8.3 million for capital improvements. Notable capital expenditures included in the budget are $1.9 million for renovations to the library building, and $1.1 million to rehabilitate two city fire stations so that they would be safer during an earthquake.

The budget is in part paid for by an $8.48 per $1,000 property tax.

Reporter Carisa Cegavske can be reached at 541-957-4213 or ccegavske@nrtoday.com.

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Carisa Cegavske is the senior reporter for The News-Review. She can be reached at ccegavske@nrtoday.com or 541-957-4213. Follow her on Twitter @carisa_cegavske

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