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Brown on budget: 'proactive, responsible planning'

Michael Brown, Hillsboro City ManagerNew jobs, better buildings and improved roads and sidewalks throughout Hillsboro are all included in the city’s recently adopted budget for fiscal year 2016-17.

Unanimously approved by the council June 21, the $499 million budget — which kicks in July 1 — is $1,219,462 less than the previous fiscal year’s number.

In his budget message to the council, City Manager Michael Brown complimented the city’s “long history of thoughtful financial conservation and management” for allowing Hillsboro to “remain in a position to proactively, effectively and responsibly plan and prepare for the future.”

“The city’s diverse mix of businesses, combined with prudent fiscal management and efforts to retain and attract major employers, continues to pay off,” he said, acknowledging the continued tax revenue stream from local economic powerhouses such as Intel, Reser’s Fine Foods, Genentech and stop-motion animation studio Laika.

Additionally, significant expansions and construction activity over the past several years at Intel’s Ronler Acres campus, Kaiser Permanente and the various mixed-use housing developments at Orenco, 4th/Main and Tessera have put the city in a position to attract new residents and new employers — which will provide further funding sources for all General Fund-related services paid for primarily by property taxes.

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Along with new jobs created by corporate partner expansions, new restaurants at Orenco Station and 20 new full-time equivalent positions with the city have helped lower the city’s overall unemployment rate to 4 percent as of February — when the Portland Metro unemployment rate was 4.3 percent.

“Each year, the city of Hillsboro produces a budget to fulfill the community’s vision for where resources should be allocated over the next fiscal year,” city spokesman Patrick Preston said. “Backed by a growing economy, the 2016-17 budget provides services needed by Hillsboro residents, businesses and reserve funds for capital projects and future times of economic recession.”

Projects included in this fiscal year’s budget:

• $19.2 million for the Willamette Water Supply Program

• $5.35 million for the completion of the city’s new Public Works Facility

• $5.3 million for the extension of 253rd Avenue and Huffman Road

• $5 million for the expansion of the Hillsboro Police Department headquarters

• $4 million for the construction of a Public Safety Training Facility

• $4 million for the architectural design of the Hillsboro Community Center at 53rd Avenue

• Roughly $7.65 million for road safety and sidewalk improvements on Jackson School and Golden roads, Northeast 28th Avenue and Cedar Street near Brookwood Elementary.