Last year at this time, in the post about the proposed 2020 budget, Gossips reported the change in the budgets for the four departments with the biggest budgets. It makes sense to revisit those numbers today.
- Police Department $3,007,421 was budgeted in 2020; $2,950,829 is proposed for 2021. This is a decrease of 1.88 percent.
- Department of Public Works $1,978,687 was budgeted in 2020; $2,000,940 is proposed for 2021. This is an increase of 0.1 percent.
- Youth Department $580,150 was budgeted in 2020; $606,805 is proposed for 2021. This is an increase of 4.6 percent. It will be remembered that in January 2020 Nick Zachos, director of the Youth Department, sought a budget amendment to reinstate $72,893 that had been cut from his proposed 2020 budget in the BEA review process. Resolution 18 passed on January 21, 2020, transferred $35,000 from the fund balance to the Youth Department. Given this, the $606,805 proposed for 2021 is actually $8,345 less than the budget for 2020, which, with the additional $35,000, amounted to $616,150.
- Fire Department $243,000 was budgeted in 2020; $243,000 is proposed for 2021. There is no change.
At the final meeting of the Board of Estimate and Apportionment last Friday, city treasurer Heather Campbell reported there was a gap of $497,763 between anticipated revenue and expenses. The plan was to take that money from the fund balance. On Tuesday, Johnson indicated that "just over a half million" would be taken from the fund balance to close the gap in the 2021 budget. He also assured the Council that he was "conscious of not depleting our fund balance."
A public hearing on the proposed 2021 budget is scheduled for 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, November 17. The Council will be voting on the budget two days later, at a special meeting scheduled for 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, November 19.
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