Politics & Government

Centerville council gets first look at fiscal 2016 budget proposal

CENTERVILLE -- City Council got its first official look Tuesday at a proposed $8.1 million budget for the coming 2016 fiscal year.

City accountant Carol Harrison gave council members the proposed spending plan to review before a vote in mid-June.

Harrison told The Telegraph the proposed budget is technically $493,631 more than the city’s originally approved fiscal 2015 budget.

However, due to a major land purchase and road-paving project this year, that grew the current budget, she said. The new budget is actually $88,492 less than what the current budget will end up.

The land purchase added about $300,000 to the current budget for property on Elberta Road where the city will build a public works maintenance facility. City funding toward a large, 10-street resurfacing project cost about $190,000.

The original fiscal 2015 budget was $7.6 million, and the amended budget is $8.2 million.

The proposed fiscal 2016 budget reflects a general fund budget of $4,301,830 for city operational costs, an increase of $199,350 over last year’s original plan. It shows an enterprise fund budget of $2,151,477 for the city’s water, sewer and public works department, an increase of $59,165 over last year’s original budget.

A millage rate for property taxes was not discussed during Tuesday’s meeting, although Harrison said the rate eventually will be based on the county digest and millage rate rollback calculations.

The millage rates for 2013 and 2014 remained even at 11.9 mills, putting taxes on a $100,000 home at about $478, she said.

The budget is available for public review during office hours at City Hall, and there will be a public hearing during the next regular council meeting June 2.

The council expects to pass a budget June 16.

Among other business Tuesday, the council unanimously created the position of city probation officer, putting an end to its former practice of outsourcing the work.

The council set the salary at $43,200 and hired its first probation officer, John Sweat.

Councilman Ed Tucker was not at Tuesday’s meeting.

Contact Michael W. Pannell at mwpannell@gmail.com