Lower appraisals give city less to work with
by Dolores Hamilton
During the city council’s budget workshop Monday night, City Manager Mike Price said the certified property tax appraisal for Iowa Park is $178,786,260. This amount is down $119,163 from last year’s appraised values.
The proposed budget for the General Fund is currently in the black by $13,260, showing $3,350,730 in total revenues and $3,337,470 in expenditures. Price added that the budget did not contain capital outlay items or salary increases.
During the meeting, requests were heard from four department heads.
Robbie Matthews made the budget presentation for the Parks and Recreation Department. His line items requests included: increases for machinery and equipment; walking track improvements including flag replacement and maintenance, repair of retaining wall, and maintenance of playground equipment. His capital outlay request was for a three-quarter ton work truck.
David Sherrill, the new Public Works Director, made budget presentations for the Street, Water/Wastewater Maintenance, Water Distribution, and Wastewater Treatment Departments.
For the Street Department, Sherrill requested line item changes to cover the cost of repair to a slurry truck, and a capital outlay request for a spreader box.
For the Public Utilities Departments, line item requests included increase in budget for overtime; supplies, minor tools and equipment, alarm transmitter for lift stations, gasoline, oil and lubrication, and pump maintenance.
Capital outlay requests included: backhoe/loader; water main replacement; new flow meter; blower; and new truck.
For his department, Police Chief Robert Johnson asked for eight Tasars; a recording device for the sally port, jail cells and book-in area; computers; and a new patrol vehicle.
Economic Development Director David Owen requested a $5,000 line item for maintenance and repair for the city’s building at 500 W. Highway.
The council will conduct another budget workshop on Monday to review the budgets and discuss establishing a tax rate.couting is invited to attend.