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Wentzville Board Approves 2012 Fiscal Budget

The $45 million budget marks an increase over the 2011 fiscal year budget.

The Board of Aldermen Wednesday approved the city's 2012 fiscal year budget.

The budget includes $45,449,672 in budgeted expenditures and $47,129,703 in expected revenues.

The budget includes a $500,000 cut in property taxes over the previous year. The board asked city employees to find the money through cost-cutting measures and improved lean processes.

The property tax cut will amount to about $48 per household.

The 2012 budget ordinance was passed after the board approved a sewer rate hike for 2012. Alderman Rick Stokes noted that the raise put a burden on taxpayers after aldermen had tried to lesson it.

"I know we've talked over this a number of times in a number of areas," he said. "I don't want to be at war with the employees of this city — this is not personal. Thank you for finding the $500,000."

Stokes went on to say that he hoped the cuts were sustainable and that the employees were simply "throwing the board a bone." He pushed for increased efficiency and lower costs throughout the city.

The board passed the budget unanimously.

Municipalities are required to pass a new fiscal year budget each year based on expectations of revenue and expenditures.

The 2012 fiscal year budget breaks down as follows:

Fund 2012 Revenues 2012 Expenditures 2011 Revenues 2011 Expenditures




General $15,675,935 $15,915,173 $15,014,496 $15,006,078 Self Insurance $2,910,109 $2,800,822 $2,675,241 $2,612,908 Park $3,924,369 $4,057,319 $3,570,454 $3,348,487 Transportation $3,293,876 $2,612,293 $4,372,214 $4,372,214 Capital $2,405,886 $1,893,821 $2,163,125 $2,090,442 Water $4,835,915 $4,887,682 $4,972,150 $4,896,573 Wastewater $5,348,755 $4,978,718 $4,508,181 $4,005,697 Trash $1,802,626 $1,795,567 $1,730,252 $1,728,931 NID $165,491 $165,491 $166,270 $161,940 General Debt $377,876 $377,876 N/A N/A Park Debt $1,760,443 $1,760,443 N/A
N/A WEDC General Debt $167,213 $167,213 $582,574 $582,574 WEDC Water Debt $651,072 $651,072 $668,440 $668,440 WEDC Sewer Debt $601,762 $601,762 $594,620 $594,620 SRF Debt $2,784,420 $2,784,420 $3,021,688 $3,008,650 CNG N/A N/A $19,802 $19,802 Subtotal $46,705,748 $45,449,672 $44,707,148 $43,744,997 Approved Use of Fund Balance $423,955 $0 $0 $0 TOTAL $47,129,703 $45,449,672 $44,707,148 $43,744,997

*Editor's Note: The 2011 budget numbers come from the original budget ordianance passed last fall. The budget has since been amended to reflect changes in revenue/expenditures.

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