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Kanab City Council budget
The Kanab City Council got a peak at the proposed 20ll-2012 fiscal year budget presented by City Manager Duane Huffman. The process was witnessed by a full house of attendees, including a half a dozen Boy Scouts from Troops 563 and 363 who were working on their Citizenship and Community merit badge.
For fiscal year 2010 revenues totaled $2,227,851, while expenditures were higher at $2,482,923 with transfers amounting to $246,330.
The expenses for running the city offices were $227,503 in 2009, $188,383 in 2010 and projected to be $172,288 in 2011.
The biggest drop in expenditures, percentage wise, took place with donations the city makes to projects going on in the city, like the Amazing Earthfest. In 2009 the city donated $27,851 to these types of endeavors, but this dropped to $1400 in 2010, and a budgeted zero in 2011. When city revenues are down, discretionary spending suffers first and the economic downturn has crimped the whole budget.
The city attorney budget, which does not include any staff salary as there isn’t any, was $144,901 in 2009, $149,282 in 2010 and budgeted for $154,455 in 2011 with the attorney’s salary at $87,848, $90,707 and $94,635 respectively.
Building code and inspection budget was $86,402 in 2009, 89,147 in 2010 and 94,635 for 2011. Building permit revenue went from $44,000 in 2009 to about $30,000 last year. Specific developments cover the costs of inspections.
The airport budget was $200,607 in 2009, $172,890 in 2010 and penciled in for 2011 at $184,081. The total capital outlays for the airport was $62, 553 in 2010 and projected to be $1,042,527 in 2011. Most of that comes from FAA grants for airport improvements and then drops to $7,895 in 2012.
Councilman Jim Sorenson felt to project any increase in revenue for this year and next would be foolhardy and preferred to plug in a flat line for revenue to be on the safe side when budgeting for expenditures. The rest of the council agreed with that assessment.
Eagle Scout Danion Barnson updated the council on an Eagle Scout project at the baseball fields. He said the project consists of putting roofs over the dugouts at one of the fields. The roofs are being built at his home and when finished will be transported and placed at the Little League field.
It was reported the entire project will cost about $650, with only half covered by donations so far. More donations are needed and would be very much appreciated.
The application for the Vermilion Village project has finally been received by the city and will be turned over to the city’s engineer for review before being taken up by the Planning Commission.