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Initial steps taken to address city budget dilemma

November 2, 2022

The Bonners Ferry City Council met Tuesday evening and opened discussion on how to address a $350,000-plus budget shortfall predicated by a 2017 Idaho Supreme Court ruling (see 2017 Idaho Supreme Court decision rocks Bonners Ferry), and while no clear-cut solutions emerged, the meeting was positive and a foundation laid for progress, both in the short and long term.

Steps discussed to address the fiscal year 2023 shortage included postponing major expenditures and keeping the city pool closed next summer. In addition, the council discussed the possibility of declaring a 13-acre parcel of land the city owns on Eileen Road and listing it for sale.

After discussion, staff was directed to move forward on the property sale.

"Once they know more about the revenue they can generate from the property sale," city administrator Lisa Ailport said, "they will reconvene on other areas that can be considered to generate revenue or make cuts to make this FY balance."

The chart the long-term solutions, city staff was directed to establish a task force comprised of community members and business people to consider options and recommend solutions on how to move forward.

Information on the task force will be released as it becomes available.

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Mike Weland, Publisher

6931 Main St.
P.O. Box 1625
Bonners Ferry, ID 83805
(208) 295-1016

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