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Auburn continues to work on budget

POSTED: August 3, 2014 12:00 p.m.

Auburn city officials are expecting to have a balanced budget in the next couple weeks.

City leaders held their second round of budget workshops last week as they broke down costs for departments that included police, court and planning and zoning. Following the first workshop there was around $300,000 in cuts that needed to be made to meet with projected revenues.

City Administrator Ron Griffith said they’ll be finalizing numbers in the next week and plan to present a balanced fiscal year 2015 budget at an Aug. 14 meeting. He said he would likely have the updated budget available to council in the next week.

A public hearing on the 2015 budget will be held Aug. 28 at 7 p.m. at the City Council Chambers. The budget will be voted on at the Sept. 4 council meeting.

Griffith said he’s had conversations with department heads such as Public Works Director David Hawthorne about more cuts that will be made to their requests.

One of the discussions city officials have had is if they’ll keep $75,000 requested in the budget for emergency road projects.

The budget workshops began July 24 with $2.9 million of projected revenue in the general fund compared to $3.1 million in projected expenditures. That draft included the full wish list of department heads.

Another $12,000 was shaved off the proposed budgets last week from mostly minor changes with several departments.

Another item that could be taken out of the department head’s request is for a new police vehicle that would cost $31,000.

If the vehicle is not approved then the overall police department budget would be nearly identical to the $1.46 million approved for FY 2014.

"I wanted to put it in there and leave it up to mayor and council whether it remains," Police Chief Carl Moulder said.



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