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7/22/2013 - City budget reflects stagnant local economy
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Proposed city budget reflects stagnant local economy

The city of Salina is projecting a slight increase in property tax revenue and a decrease in sales tax revenue for 2014, City Finance Director Rod Franz told the Salina City Commission on Monday during the first of several study sessions on the 2014 budget.

Total revenue is expected to grow from $71.4 million to $72.5 million, and total expenditures are forecast to drop from $71.9 million to $69.6 million.

Franz’s proposed budget calls for the mill levy to remain at 26.19 mills. Proposed fee changes would be minimal, Franz said. He calls for a 25-cent per month increase in the sanitation fee, no change in solid waste pending review, a modest golf course fee increase and possible 3 percent increases in water and wastewater, based on the city’s original rate plan. The proposed water and wastewater fees will be revisited later in the year, he said.

The proposed budget calls for no cost-of-living increases for city employees.

Study sessions on the budget are planned for July 22 and Aug. 5, and a final budget is schedule to go before the commission for approval at the Aug. 12 city commission meeting.