Monday, October 25, 2010

Proposed 2011 City of Whitewater Budget Reduces Spending by 0.58%

Library budget up 0.37%, not enough to maintain 2010's level of service.

Link to 2011 budget proposal.

Link to October 20 Daily Union article, "Whitewater takes look at budget".

Excerpt:   City Manager Kevin Brunner said that he directed city staff members to keep their 2011 budgets at 2010 levels.

"I have worked very hard with the department heads to realize this objective and I am pleased to say that the proposed 2011 budget that I am submitting for your consideration is actually less than the 2010 budget by over $53,000," Brunner said. "Further, the proposed 2011 budget is less than the 2008 general fund expenditures by over $168,000."

The total 2011 operating budget, as proposed, calls for spending $9,264,199, down about 0.58 percent from the 2010 budget of $9,318,019

• Saturday open hours cut 4.5 hours weekly from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. to 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. beginning Jan. 1, 2011.
• One library assistant position that was funded 50-percent General Fund/50-percent. 
 Library Special Revenue Fund has been changed to 100-percent Special Revenue Fund (essentially shifting the cost from city residents to rural residents through the county funding formula).
• Summer library aide position hours reduced.

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