Brownwood City Council members will present a proposed $29.34 million budget for the 2007-’08 fiscal year during a public hearing Tuesday and will consider a resolution to adopt the spending plan.
The proposed budget is 7 percent larger than the 2006-’07 budget of $27.41 million. It includes a 13 percent increase in the funds for police and fire department salaries, which will cost $379,500, and a 3 percent cost of living raise for all other city employees, costing $206,200.
The budget also includes funds for two additional patrol officers for the police department.
Funds are included to conduct a salary study of the entire city in the upcoming year, City Finance Director Walter Middleton said.
He said factors affecting the budget are:
Pay raises and more Brownwood patrol officers. Brown County Water Improvement District costs. The water cost increased by 6.25 percent, adding $98,000 to the budget. Street improvement — $400,000. The city will use a combination of city crews and outside contractors to increase the amount of street work. Code demolition — $61,000, again using a combination of city crews and outside contractors to increase the demolition work. Landfill cell development — $200,000 for Cell 11 excavation, including blasting. Inter-fund payments — Franchise and support service payments from the utility and sanitation funds to the general fund are being increased by $70,800. Inflation — the municipal inflation rate last year was 3.6 percent, and adds an estimated $597,00 to the budget.
Overall budget increases are:
Pay increases and police personnel — $658,680. BCWID costs — $713,800. Street improvements - $70,000. Code demolition — $26,000. Landfill cell development — $150,000. Inter-fund payments — $70,800. Inflation — $597,000.