City mulling new fire truck
At midweek, city council members are in the midst of a marathon four-night—Monday through Thursday—discussion of a new city budget.
Monday and Tuesday discussions were dominated by the need for a new fire truck after Fire Chief Herbie Vaughan told the council the age of the RVFD fleet will begin to affect fire insurance rates in upcoming years.
Pr ice of a new pumper was put at $350,000. City Manager Kelvin Knauf told the council Tuesday the truck could be included in the budgeting process but payments could be delayed until next year.
OPTIONS—Knauf said options for payment could include certificates of obligations, a bond election or a lease-purchase agreement, all of which would impact the tax rate.
Knauf’s preliminary budget, which is the point of departure for council discussion, was calculated on the current tax rate of 66.275 cents.
The lengthy process, which will include public hearings Aug. 15 and Aug. 22, should conclude with adoption of a budget and tax rate Monday, Aug. 29.
NO LAYOFFS—Knauf’s budget does not call for any layoff of city personnel, nor for any salary increases.
A $350 one-time bonus for employees is part of the budget.
There’s a 10.8-percent reduction in retirement expenses and a 5.1-percent increase in medical insurance.
BUDGETS—There are several budgets requiring city council approval but 80 percent of expenditures are reflected in the general fund ($2,541,836 proposed) and enterprise fund ($2,681,172 proposed).
Other budgets requiring city approval, and amounts proposed:
• Enterprise fund debt, $712,025.
• General fund debt, $246,319.50.
• Municipal development distr ict, $231,200.
• Hotel-motel occupancy tax, $100,100.
• Municipal court building security fund, $8,715.
• Municipal court judicial efficiency fund, $1,144.
• Municipal court technology fund, $13,274.
All the proposed budgets are balanced except for the enterprise fund which shows a $ 28,839 surplus.
Total revenues (all budgets) was listed at $6,564,624.50 and total expenditures $6,535,785.50.
SELF- SUPPORTING—Ad valorem (property) taxes are the major source of revenue for the general fund, which includes most of the basic operating services associated with city government.
The general fund is also supported by the one-percent sales tax levied by the city and some other sources.
The enterprise fund, which deals with water, wastewater and sanitation departments is self-supporting and is funded by user fees.