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March 14, 2013

Council approves FY13-14 budget

Following a public hearing, the Pella City Council approved a resolution to adopt the FY 2013-14.

In February, special budget work sessions were held with the City Council to discuss the FY 13-14 Budget. Listed below are highlights of the proposed FY 13-14 Budget, which include all City operations:

- The City’s FY 13-14 Budget totals $41,547,122. The expenses include $19,719,943 for operating expenses; $7,184,174 for compensation & benefits; $259,434 for developer reimbursements;

$1,871,148 for debt; and $12,512,423 for capital improvements. The overall budget has a projected drawdown of fund balance of $ 1,034,025 which is attributed mainly to funding capital improvements with cash on hand.

- For the twelfth consecutive year, the City’s property tax rate will remain at $10.20 per $1,000 of taxable valuation. In comparing us to similar sized communities, the City ofPella has one of the lowest tax rates in the State.

- The FY 13-14 Budget includes $300,000 of funding for engineering services for a new Jordan well. The new well is a part of the City’s long-term water supply plan which includes the new Jordan well and a 3.0 million gallon reverse osmosis treatment process. The estimated cost of the plan is $12.6 million.

- The proposed budget includes funding for the community sports park, which is tentatively scheduled to open in the spring of 2014. It is important to note, 58 percent of the $6.0 million construction budget is being funded by private donations. The remaining 42 percent or $2.5 million is being funded by local option funds.

-The FY 13-14 Budget includes $376,873 of funding for engineering design services for the Oskaloosa Street Reconstruction Project and improvements to five to eight residential streets. The tentative plan is to reconstruct Oskaloosa Street from Prairie Street to E. 16th Street. This project is estimated to cost $2.2 million with the reconstruction scheduled to occur in the summer and fall of 2014. It is important to note, these projects are in accordance with the City’s strategic plan to upgrade the City’s street network by repairing 25 percent of our lane miles over the next twelve years.

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