Queen Creek Town Council approves 2016-17 budget

At their  June 15 meeting, members of the Queen Creek Town Council voted 6-0 to approve a budget of $184.1 million for the 2016-17 fiscal year which begins on July 1.

Voting in favor of the budget were Mayor Gail Barney, Vice Mayor Dawn Oliphant and council members Craig Barnes, Robin Benning, Jeff Brown and Julia Wheatley. Councilwoman Emilena Turley was absent.

The priorities of the budget include a continued focus on new and improved roadways and public safety, according to a press release.

“Approval of the budget is an extremely important decision. The town council and I are pleased that we have a budget that prioritizes the items that are important to our residents, transportation and safety,” Mayor Barney said in the release.

The budget includes various infrastructure projects that were initiated in the fiscal year 2015-16 budget, as well as new projects:

•Ellsworth Road from Ryan to Germann roads,

•the intersection of Queen Creek and Ellsworth roads,

•Ocotillo Road from Crismon Road to 218th,

•Ocotillo Road from Ellsworth Loop to Heritage Loop,

•replacing Fire Station 411 in Town Center, and a new public safety building, and

•a new fire station, 413, in the northwest portion of town and 15 new firefighters to staff the new station.

Complete details about the town’s budget are available at QueenCreek.org/budget.

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