The City of The Dalles did pass a 2019-2020 fiscal year budget of $70.7 million at its session Monday night, but not without some back-and-forth. The budget committee had added back funding to some requests that had been reduced by the staff proposal, but even with those additions, some were still below the full requested amount. As an example, Youthink, the nonprofit that works to educate children on the perils of drug and alcohol use, had asked the city for $35,000. Staff recommended $12,000. The budget committee had increased it to $15,000, still less than half the requested amount. Debby Jones of Youthink pointed out that there are now five legal marijuana stores in The Dalles along with those selling paraphernalia such as vaping pens. And she shared some startling statistics:
Councilors Darcy Long-Curtiss and Rod Runyon both said they’d like to find a way to fund the full request, and a request for $60,000 from Main Street that was approved at $50,000, which was the same level as last year. After some discussion, it was noted that it would be possible to revisit those items later in the year.