After minor tweaks, city budget moves to council

The Sweet Home Budget Committee approved the proposed 2010-11 budget with minor corrections to numbers.

The $29.8 million budget moves on to the City Council for final approval before the beginning of the new fiscal year on July 1, 2010.

The Budget Committee approved the budget on Thursday following a review of the Public Works funds, including water, wastewater, storm water and street funds.

The water fund decreased in the approved budget for 2010-11 from $2.24 million to 2.05 million, reflecting a revenue decrease in the budgeted beginning fund balance and an increase in user fees from $1.4 million to $1.6 million.

Expenditure changes include an increase in treatment plant costs and system maintenance, from $518,000 to $603,000, while transfers to other funds are reduced from $765,000 to $439,000, reflected in a reduction of $300,000 in water depreciation reserve funds to $20,000. Debt service for the water plant increases from $319,000 to $377,000.

The wastewater fund increases from $2.4 million to $2.6 million, with an increase in the budgeted beginning fund balance to $818,000 from $661,000. User fees provide $1.8 million in revenue, up from $1.7 million.

On the spending side, plant costs increase by about $50,000, to $494,000; debt service increases from $730,000 to $929,000; and personnel costs increase by about $10,000 to $540,000. Transfers to other funds, decrease from $464,000 to $452,000.

The budget also includes an increase in capital construction from $232,000 to $493,000.

The budget includes $150,000 for design upgrades of sewer lines within in the city and another $250,000 for projects identified in the city’s facility plan, including phase four of the sewer inflow and infiltration reduction project, Public Works Director Mike Adams said.

The wastewater depreciation fund increases from $6.5 million to $10.3 million, reflecting the bulk of the costs for I&I reduction projects.

The storm water drainage fund decreases from $128,000 to $93,000, retaining one full-time equivalent position and holding rates at $1 per equivalent dwelling unit, which is one for most households.

The street maintenance fund increases by $100,000 to $594,000, reflecting an increase in state gas tax revenue. Personnel expenses increase by about $10,000, while $100,000 was placed in an operating contingency. The fund is used for overlay and street maintenance projects.