Budget Work Continues for City

By: Stephen Bowers Email
By: Stephen Bowers Email

Officials with the city of Meridian are crunching numbers as they try to come up with a budget for the coming fiscal year.

This year's general fund budget will see a slight decrease from last year, from $34.1 million to $34 million.

City officials say they're trying to figure out how to fit all the needs into that amount of money.

"I believe we're on track with the budget. Counsel has the budget now. They're fine tuning it," said chief administrative officer Mark McDonald.

He said the city is having to make cuts, especially since sales tax revenue is down 1.45% since this time last year.

"Our revenues are not where we would like for them to be," said McDonald. "Expenditures are still pretty high. We do have a couple areas where I think we have some concerns. Our proposal to the council is that there will not be any pay raises this year."

The city will not give employee raises this year, but most would probably agree a year without a raise is better than the alternative: cutting employees all together.

The city's director of finance, Ed Skipper, says the city has proposed a total budget of just over $95 million to the city council.

"The city of Meridian adopts a budget that includes a wide variety of different funds," said Meridian's director of finance, Ed Skipper. "While all those budgets together may be $95 million, they're not all operating budgets."

Of that, only about 34 million dollars can be used in the general operating fund.

McDonald said that their budget proposal of does not include a tax increase, but the mayor's office doesn't make that decision. He says the city council does that and the mayor's office carries out those decisions.


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