Budget draws favorable reaction
WAYLAND - The Wayland City Council was short one member at the Wednesday night council meeting, but that didn’t stop them from getting things done.
The newest councilmember, Sheldon Miller, was not present at the meeting, but the council voted to approve publication of the fiscal 2014 budget.
There was a favorable reaction when the council members took a look at the budget. “It looks like you have done a lot of work,” said councilmember Melinda Ullery. Karole Miller, council member, agreed, “It doesn’t look too bad.”
“We worked on it and we changed a few things. We put more away and we put a little bit more into the fire department,” said Mayor Brad Roth.
The total tax levy rate per $1000 taxable valuation on regular property and agricultural land did not change from last year. They will remain at $7.35003 and $3.00375, respectively.
In the re-estimated budget for 2013, the city has allotted to increase monies for the fire department by $5,862, however in 2014, the fire department budget will decrease by $689. In 2012, the fire department was budgeted $20,957 but now is budgeted at $26,130 for 2014. This is still an increase over what was spent in 2012 by $5,173.
The police department and crime prevention re-estimated expenses have also gone up. The amount budgeted in 2013 for the police department and crime prevention was $79,285, and the budget has been increased for 2014 by $5,555 to allow for $84,840 to be spent.
Animal control’s budget was increased by $2000, from $800 to $1,000. The public safety department’s budget will increase for 2014 by a total of $5,066.
The public works budget for 2014 will also increase. In 2013, $141,693 was spent and an increase of $75,932 was figured into the budget for 2014. The increase in the public works budget comes from a $75,855 increase in funds for roads, bridges and sidewalks. In 2013, $91,695 was budgeted and the 2014 budget plans for $167,550 to be spent for roads, bridges and sidewalks. The city budgeted $4,000 for snow removal in 2013, and has budgeted a decrease of $100 for 2014, bringing the snow removal budget to $3,900.
The was no change in the city’s budget for Health and social services for 2014, as there was no money spent or budgeted for in 2013.
The culture and recreation budget increased for 2014, largely in part to having to now pay rent for the city’s museum in 2013. The museum formerly was in a city owned building, explained City Clerk Bev Conrad, but now the museum has moved and the city will need to pay rent in its new location.
However, a $161 increase for the museum partnered with a $1,752 decrease in the budget for parks brought the culture and recreation budget for 2014 down by $207 from $41,727 to $41,520 for fiscal year 2014.
The public hearing for the budget is set for March 6 at 7:30 p.m. at the City Hall.
The council also:
Approved four mortgage releases for the owner-occupied rehabilitation program.
Set the date of March 6 to receive bids for water improvement project and authorize notice for the project.
Approved a tax abatement application for Eichelberger Milling, Inc. for new grain leg and grain pit.
Approved utility extensions to newly annexed land on East Main Street.
The next council meeting will be held on Feb. 20 at 7:30 p.m. at City Hall.