Archive for Wednesday, August 9, 2000

Council votes to republish 2001 budget

August 9, 2000

The city is republishing its 2001 budget and has scheduled a second public hearing during a regular meeting of the City Council at 7:30 p.m. Aug. 21 at the Baldwin City Public Library.

The $46,000 mistake in the general bond and interest budget actually lessens the 2001 budget by half a mill. City Administrator Larry Paine said he made the error entering information from the 2000 budget into a spreadsheet for the 2001 budget. That error carried over into the 2001 budget, and was not caught until after the budget hearing on July 25.

"I made a mistake," he said. "It changes the amount of the levy. What was published in the paper was 44.596 mills; what it should have been is 44.547 mills."

Paine presented the council with two options: republish the budget, or "don't do anything, and we will figure out how to make the numbers work."

"I recommend we republish the budget so we have the proper numbers for the 2001 budget," Paine said.

The council approved republishing the budget with a vote of 4-0. Marilyn Pearse was absent from the meeting. The budget is published on page B-6 of today's Signal.

The $7.8 million 2001 budget supported by 44.547 mills is nearly a 10-mill increase from the $7.3 million 2000 budget supported by 35 mills. A mill is $1 in property taxes for every $1,000 in assessed valuation.

Most of the increase can be attributed to capital improvement projects, including the reconstruction of Sixth Street, the relocation of the portion of the city's waterline from Lawrence that currently runs beneath the Baker Wetlands, the widening of U.S. Highway 56 and improvements to the city's electrical distribution system.

The budget is also providing for city employee salary increases, an additional police officer and two patrol vehicles (one new, one used) for the police department.

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