No fee hikes planned in Elko city budget

2013-04-08T02:30:00Z No fee hikes planned in Elko city budgetBy JOHN RASCHE — jrasche@elkodaily.com Elko Daily Free Press

ELKO — City residents probably won’t find a spike in their water, sewer, or landfill bills this fiscal year.

The city’s tentative budget for the 2013/2014 fiscal year, which will be presented at the City Council meeting Tuesday, does not include higher rates for utilities.

“Everything’s pretty much static,” said Administrative Services Director Dawn Stout.

Tentative spending is set at a little over $18 million — $300,000 more than was allocated in the $17.66 million budget for the 2012/2013 fiscal year.

The budget’s increase is due to growing revenue, Stout said. Money received through sales tax makes up 63 percent of the projected general fund revenues. Property tax makes up 15 percent. With those two taxes alone, the city expects to receive $10.67 million.

“Our sales tax (numbers) are up this year from last year,” Stout said, “(because) there’s additional building and people are buying more.”

All revenue sources are projected to collect a total of $16.89 million. Last fiscal year, the projected revenue was $19.81 million.

“We’re not budgeting all expected revenue,” Stout said. “We only budget half of the expected excess” so as not to rely on money that might not come.

Public Safety, which includes the city’s police and fire departments, makes up 53 percent of projected general fund expenditures at $9.47 million. The second highest expenditure (at 22 percent) is Public Works at $4.03 million.

The tentative budget also allocates $1.4 million to pay for recreation projects, including the Main City Park tennis court rehabilitation project and the Mountain View playground replacement project.

The city’s health insurance fund will receive $1.54 million to cover insurance premiums for employees — approximately $87,000 more than was listed in last fiscal year’s budget. The additional money will be used to “cover the cost of health insurance, which is going up 12 percent this year,” Stout said.

The most significant change in the new budget is the amount of money being reserved for a new police station, she said.

In March, City Council agreed to reserve $2 million of the facility fund to use for a new police station. Additional facility expenditures, including improvements for the Fire Department Station No. 1 and a new floor for the Elko Animal Shelter, are expected to cost $828,523.

At Tuesday’s meeting, the council will vote upon various provisions of the budget. The final budget, however, cannot be adopted until a public hearing is held, which is proposed to be scheduled for May 21.

At the meeting, City Council will also:

• Present Girl Scout Cadette Alexandra Valdez with a plaque for completing her Girl Scout Silver Award Project.

• Recognize April as Parkinson’s Disease Awareness Month.

• Receive Elko County Update from Commissioner Glen Guttry.

• Consider, and possibly accept, the Classification and Compensation Study for Public Sector Personnel Consultants.

• Possibly award contract for pavement materials to be used for the 2013 construction season.

• Consider, and possibly authorize, staff to solicit bids for the complete servicing, hydro-testing, refilling and cleaning of City-owned fire extinguishers, portable fire suppression equipment and hood extinguisher systems.

• Review the 2013 Street Inventory List and the 2013 Street Capital Construction Project Priority List.

• Possibly rescind an award to A Time for Clean for custodial services at the Police Department and authorize staff to solicit bids for qualified vendors.

• Possibly approve of an agreement with Adobe FBLA Chapter to Ad opt-a-Street for litter collection in the public right-of-way on Jennings Way from Mountain City Highway to Montrose Lane.

• Review a request by the POW/MIA - VFW Post 2350 for an Armed Forces Day Parade to be held May 18.

• Consider the Elko City Planning Commission’s recommendation to sell or exchange a piece of City-owned property, located generally west of the extension of Errecart Boulevard, to the Elko County School District.

• Possibly direct staff to submit various projects for consideration with the Nevada Department of Transportation under the Transportation Alternatives Program for the City of Elko.

• Review a petition from the Elko Boys Little League to rename the minor league baseball field located along College Avenue and Moren Way.

• Review a request from the Elko Lion’s Club to accommodate a carnival on City-owned property to be held May 7 through May 14.

• Conduct second reading, and possibly adopt, Ordinance No. 773, repealing “Elko Heat Company Franchise” of the City Code.

The complete City Council agenda can be found at www.ci.elko.nv.us/administration/agendas_minutes.htm.

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