Expenditures went up, the number of building permits went down to a level of five years ago and golf course and swimming pool revenue also went down.
That is what the city ended up with as it capped off fiscal 1998 Tuesday night. The City Council approved the final revision of the budget one day before moving on to the 1999 fiscal budget.Approved was a 1997-98 general fund budget of $6.7 million, $560,524 more than the budget that was adjusted last December. Included in the excess was $200,000 moved out of the reserves to balance the budget and about $350,000 to buy land for a fire station parking lot.
The city moved the $200,000 out of the general fund reserves after an audit last year revealed it had too much money in the reserves. City Manager David Oyler said the city can have only 17 percent of the general fund budget in reserves.
The land, covering 1.2 acres, was purchased from the Smith Auto dealership next to the fire station for $349,189 and included a 5,200-square-foot building.
"We purchased it for the appraised value," Oyler said.
Since 1995, the cost of running the city has nearly doubled when a $3.3 million budget was approved, largely because of capital expenditures - street, sidewalk and park improvements, Oyler said.
The city raised $45,000 more in property taxes than anticipated, but building permit and inspection fees came in $50,000 less than planned. Building permits were at the 1993 level. That year the city issued 244 building permits, compared with 216 in the 1998 fiscal year. Building permits peaked in fiscal year 1995 with 439.
Oyler noted that a city energy tax for natural gas, split from another utility fund for the first time last fiscal year, raised $141,000 more than expected. The city collected $250,000 during the first full fiscal year the tax was collected. The city started charging a natural gas tax in the 1996 fiscal year.
In the enterprise fund, which operates city utilities, more than $1 million in unfinished construction projects was carried over into the 1999 fiscal year.
However, Oyler noted that the estimate of personnel costs was off only $18,000.
"That indicates we have a good idea of personnel costs," he said.
The unusually wet spring worked to drop revenues at the city golf course and swimming pool. Green fees were off $30,000 from the $240,000 anticipated and swimming pool fees were off $22,000 from the $92,000 anticipated.
Combining both the enterprise and general fund monies, the city spent $24.8 million last fiscal year, up from $14.6 million just three years ago.