City adopts 2024-25 budget in short meeting

The Cave Junction City Council held their second meeting of the month at City Hall Monday, June 24. Resolutions regarding the city’s budget and other important financial matters were approved in a quick and concise manner.
Mayor Meadow Martell and councilor Tina Casey Jones were physically present, with Councilor Jean Ann Miles appearing via Zoom. Councilors Ethan Lane and Jesse Dugas were excused.
Resolution 982, which adopts and appropriates the city’s budget for the 2024-25 fiscal year, was unanimously approved. The $7,863,322 budget would appropriate just over $6M to the various funds used to keep the city running, and leave approximately $1.5M in reserve funds. The resolution also approved the city’s property tax for the fiscal year, which amounts to approximately $1.89 per $1,000 of assessed property value.
Resolution 983, which recertifies the city’s reserve funds, was also approved quickly and unanimously. This recertification redirects the reserve funds to necessary parts of the city’s infrastructure. These necessary parts include essential maintenance services, insurance services, and bond payments.
Resolution 984 was unanimously approved with very little discussion as well. This measure serves to authorize the Josephine County treasurer to collect property tax revenue from the city of Cave Junction in order to include Cave Junction in the county investment program. Inclusion in this program means that the Josephine County treasurer will issue the city’s property tax revenue, plus interest, back to the city in small increments over time.
The final resolution of the evening, Resolution 985, which allows the city to receive state revenues for the 2024-25 fiscal year, was also passed swiftly and unanimously.
The city council’s next meeting will be held Monday, July 8, at 7 p.m. at the Cave Junction City Hall.