|Council to hear permanent 2014 Budget Monday|
|Thursday, February 27, 2014 9:11 PM|
BY NANCY SPENCER
Gillespie told the committee Thursday evening he and Interim Safety Service Director Sherryl George and department heads met and reviewed their respective budgets line item by line item and were able to meet Auditor Tom Jettinghoff’s target for 2014 at $14,706,053 in expenditures.
“We were able to balance the budget against our proposed income for 2014,” Gillespie said.
George cautioned that all pay with non-union employees was figured on a 74-hour work week, accounting for the 3-hour weekly furlough.
“If council chooses to bring everyone back up to a 40-hour work week, those numbers will change,” George said.
George said Parks and Rec Superintendent Craig Mansfield was able to trim 1,000 man-hours from his budget and most other departments were close to last year’s budget.
“The budget will be up for first reading on Monday and we need to pass it by the end of March,” Gillespie said. “After that, we need to start working on cuts to put in place if the income tax doesn’t pass in May.”
Jettinghoff said that if nothing is done, the Water Fund will see a $55,000 deficit at the end of 2015 and the Sewer Fund will have a nearly $500,000 gap.
Council will meet in regular session at 7 p.m. Monday.