City budget funds needed additions
Burleson is a growing city. As it grows, so does its needs.
The fiscal year 2018-2019 city budget was presented Sept. 4 by Burleson Finance Director Rhett Clark to City Council. The budget was approved on first reading and now waits for a second and final approval during Monday’s City Council meeting.
The presented budget of approximately $96.6 million will be distributed among 17 separate funds within the city. Forty percent of the budget ($38.3 million) is earmarked for the general fund. That fund accounts for a majority of city services such as the library, parks, police and fire departments, streets and administrative services.
According to a budget brief from Clark, the next largest fund on the budget is the water and wastewater fund. That fund is slotted for $22.6 million. The water and wastewater funds provides for the maintenance and upkeep of the city’s water and wastewater systems. It also purchases water service and wastewater disposal services through a long-term contract with the city of Fort Worth.
“We are a growing city with many needs,” Clark said. “The budget will allow the city to be more responsive to the public.”
The budget has grown by $4.6 million from the prior year. The budget is funded by a property tax rate of 73.5 cents per $100 of property valuation – rate that remains unchanged from the prior year.
While the property tax didn’t go up, residents taxes could rise or fall depending on the central appraisal district’s appraisal.
There are several significant changes in the General Fund.
- $400,000 for market pay adjustments
- $155,000 for emergency management coordinator position
- $222,000 for police sergeant as school resource officer (50 percent will be funded by the Burleson ISD)
- $485,000 increase in insurance costs in the general fund. Citywide, insurance cost is increasing $560,000.
- $60,000 for a telecommunications position
- $60,000 partial funding for a firefighter position
- $60,000 partial year funding for a budget/financial analyst position
- $78,000 for IT public safety technician
- $50,000 for City rebranding project
“The budget addresses some very important needs for the city,” Clark said. “We will be able to add another school resource officer, a firefighter and an emergency management coordinator.”