City Briefs for the week of Aug. 7

Aug 07, 2013

Budget gap shrinks this quarter

This quarter, Mukilteo City Council amended the 2013 budget to add $86,600 million in unexpected expenses.

With these amendments, the gap between revenues and expenses in the general fund is now 1.4 percent, and is at the “watch” level, and down from 2.4 percent percent, according to city staff.

The amendments to the second-quarter budget, made Monday, are as follows:

• $55,000 grant to renovate Big Gulch Trail and 92nd Street Park;

• $45,000 grant to go toward a Watershed-Based Stormwater Retrofit Plan;

• $20,800 to cover additional geotechnical analysis, water quality testing, and public outreach for the Smuggler’s Gulch Drainage Project;

• $14,500 to repair the heating system at Rosehill Community Center and other replacement/maintenance expenses;

• $13,500 to be reimbursed this month by an emergency services agency;

• $10,000 to increase parking attendant hours at Lighthouse Park this summer;

• $8,000 to cover various maintenance and repairs in city-owned buildings;

• $7,900 to cover an unanticipated increase in Public Works insurance;

• $7,000 to pay for extensive repairs to the failed engines of two Public Works vehicles;

• $4,600 reimbursed for overtime pay to police officers who covered for an injured officer;

• $8,000 to cover the cost of classifieds ads for 12 new job listings;

• $3,600 grant to purchase agility equipment, benches and a storage shed for the dog park;

• $3,200 to replace damaged fire-pit rings at Lighthouse Park;

• $3,000 to replace several tractor tires on a boom mower and backhoe;

• $2,500 to add descriptive signs to the Native American art at Lighthouse Park; and

• $1,600 to buy uniforms for two new Public Works employees.

The city is receiving $121,700 in added revenues to help cover these new expenditures, staff said. The $86,600 left over was paid for with cash from a variety of funds.

It is the city’s practice to amend the budget as needed on a quarterly basis.

The city’s gap-closing policy identifies three levels of severity: watch, moderate and severe.

A percentage gap of more than 5 percent is “severe,” a gap of 3-5 percent is “moderate” level; under 3 percent is at the “watch” level.

-Sara Bruestle


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