The city’s mid-year budget analysis showed higher-than-anticipated revenues, Finance Director Monte Vavra told Mayor Mike Bodker and city councilmembers during their work session Monday.
“Sales tax is up a little bit,” he said. “Building permits are way up. Our real estate transfer tax is up a little bit.”
The additional revenue plus adjustments to city department budgets resulted in a positive balance of $313,318 that has not been allocated to any specific fund or expenditure, Vavra said.
Councilman Ivan Figueroa brought up the need to replace aging police department vehicles, asking City Manager John Kachmar for a recommendation on how much to allocate towards updating the fleet. Kachmar suggested spending $100,000 on vehicle replacement.
“I’d be inclined to put the rest into [road] resurfacing,” said Councilman Randall Johnson, who garnered the consensus of his fellow council members.
Kachmar said he would have recommendations on which neighborhood streets should be repaved with the funds at the next council meeting May 20.
Also as part of the mid-year budget analysis, Vavra identified opportunities for adding two city personnel positions.
“We are looking at adding one new position to the police department,” he said.
Kachmar explained one officer’s position would be reclassified to manage the city’s vehicle fleet and an additional patrol officer position would be created.
“This is the first time we’ve asked to add an officer, I believe, in three years,” he said.
The officer whose position will be reclassified has previous experience in fleet management. Currently, management of the police fleet is the added responsibility of another officer, Kachmar said.
“That officer does a good job but … they’ve got enough to do,” he said. “This has turned into a much more intensive operation than anybody ever anticipated.”
Vavra also recommended adding a third part-time seasonal position in the parks and recreation department this summer.