Florissant Mayor Tom Schneider gave the public and Florissant City Council into the administration’s proposed 2013 fiscal year budget Monday night.
Mayor Schneider presented a $31.5 million budget, which is an $800,000 increase from the approved 2012 fiscal year budget.
“One of the goals of this budget, as it was last year, is to more accurately anticipate expenditures for the next fiscal year and thus reduce the need for supplemental appropriations,” he said.
The proposed budget includes a number of requests and changes for departments, which include:
- A two-percent salary increase for all full-time and part-time employees.
- A merit system to help maintain police officer and staffing levels.
- A superintendent of recreation and second recreation specialist positions have been added to the parks and recreation department, but the Assistant Director of Recreation position has been eliminated.
- Overtime budgets have been put back at “more reasonable levels.”
- A five percent increase in the monthly premium for employees’ medical insurance.
In addition, the mayor said that the budget uses $1.3 million of the city’s reserves, which would leave approximately $8 million in the reserve budget.
“This should leave the general fund in good shape,” Mayor Schneider said. “Amounts will be taken from reserves for the capital improvement fund, park improvement fun and the sewer lateral fund, which are well within the reserve amounts projected. I believe the use of reserve funds to be a necessary and prudent use of resources since the same amount borrowed will be returned. The proposed budget is a balanced budget.”
The first City Council budget meeting will take place Oct. 20.
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