Glenwood officials just happy to hold line on 2003 budget
Now more than halfway through the budget hearing process, Glenwood Springs city manager Mike Copp said the city has “held the line” fiscally. No employee cuts have been mandated and city services will remain at current levels, he said.”We’re holding the line on sales taxes and property taxes,” Copp said. In past years, merely holding the line would be a disappointment in Glenwood Springs, but after a depressing year for sales tax revenues, city officials are glad to report that no employee or service cuts will need to be made.The salaries of most city department heads will remain at last year’s levels, but many lower-level employees will receive raises.Copp said a technician’s position was added in the Information Systems Department. Copp hopes the position’s $27,388 per year salary will outweigh work by outside contractors. Savings may also come now that the police department and municipal court, formerly located in a different building near the old City Hall, are located at the new City Hall. Aside from being more convenient, the phone, heat and electric bills are no longer separate from the rest of City Hall. “We think there will be a net savings there,” Copp said. In all, the draft budget calls for $34,346,312 in expenditures.In the capital projects fund five-year projection, the budget shows a total of more than $25 million in expenditures for the 2005 and 2006 fiscal years. That money, if approved by council for those fiscal years, would be used to relocate the city’s wastewater treatment plant from the confluence area – an area targeted by City Council members for future development – to the city-owned Cardnell Ranch in West Glenwood on the south side of the Colorado River. On a department-by department basis, the following requests have been made:-$2.86 million for general government expenses. This includes City Council, city administration, employee salaries, elections, the finance department, data processing, municipal court and annexation costs. The request is $71,645 less than the 2002 approved expenditure. -$2.72 million for public safety, the Glenwood Springs Police Department. The request would be an increase of $175,910 over the 2002 budget. -$1.81 million for emergency services, the Glenwood Springs Fire Department, an increase of $473,546 over 2002. -$849,054 for the Community Development Department, a decrease of $7,582 from last year’s budget.-$1.63 million for the Public Works Department. The request would be a decrease of $67,250 from 2002 levels. -$2.21 million for the Parks and Recreation Department, an increase of $688,287 over 2002. However, the manager recommendation for the department is $1,774,332, an increase of $254,572. These are requests at this point, and each can be modified by City Council however it sees fit. Budget hearings are by no means over. The next will be held at 5:30 p.m. Thursday at City Hall, followed by a hearing on the agenda for City Council’s next regular meeting Oct. 3. Copp said he anticipates an additional special meeting could be necessary to formally approve the budget, which must be completed and signed by City Council by Oct. 15.
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