Hutchinson City Manager John Deardoff passed out his proposal for the 2014 city budget at Tuesday’s City Council meeting.
Here’s the Cliff Notes version: No increase in the mill levy; $270,000 for a merit-based step increase for city employees; no new positions created, despite requests for four from various departments; $102,000 (up from $45,000) for demolition of unsafe houses.
Spending from the general fund, which covers most city operations including police and fire, public works, parks and facilities and general government, will exceed revenues by $298,341. Although the mill levy would remain the same at 41.412, an increase in total assessed valuation in the city will generate $247,682 in additional property tax revenue. That’s about 3.5 percent more than last year.
For some more detail, click here for my story from Wednesday’s Hutch News.
The Council will start going over the budget in detail in a study session at 8 a.m. Monday. There will be another budget study session after the regular Council meeting on July 16 and possibly yet another at 8 a.m. on July 18.
Deardoff is planning to have a public hearing and adoption of the budget on Aug. 20.