The final City budget for 2017 is fiscally sound and balanced. The general operating budget is balanced. The total budget appropriations amount to $30,813,531 which is a 31% increase from the 2016 original budget of $23,513,690. The increase in appropriations is largely due to Capital Improvement Projects within the General, Street, Water, Sewer and Stormwater Funds. These capital projects are funded largely with grant money with city match coming out of the ending fund balance in 2016. The Water and Sewer Funds are scheduled to make significant capital improvements as well as much need repairs to city wells and reservoir.
Total budgeted revenues amount to $29,031,479 which is a 29% increase from the 2016 original budget of $22,495,838. This increase is due to grants and rate changes within the General, Water, Garbage, and Ambulance Funds.
As part of the effort to properly allocate costs to various funds, the Public Works Service Center Fund was closed and all costs for the service center will be charged based on the Cost Allocation Plan. The Cost Allocation Plan was presented to City Council at the November 14, 2016 meeting and will be incorporated as part of the final printed budget.
The 2017 budget does not provide for any increases or decreases in staffing from the 2016 budget.