Proposed Bryan City Budget Presented to CouncilFeatured Stories, News Tuesday, July 16th, 2013
Optimism, but no guarantees by Bryan’s city manager as the city council received preliminary information about next year’s budget.
BryCoun070913kr-3.mp3Comments from Kean Register.
Kean Register is shooting for a repeat of last year, where the property tax levy dropped by three-tenths of one cent. He says the worst case scenario is keeping the current rate.
BryCoun070913kr-1.mp3More from Kean Register.
The fiscal year 2014 budget also calls for adding 13 public safety positions. Register says that includes six firefighters, a fire lieutenant in fire inspection, two additional police officers, and taking over the cost of four officers previously paid by a federal grant.
BryCoun070913kr-2.mp3Comments about operating reserves and adding public safety positions.
Register says the city is required to have funding equal to 60 days of operating costs. The budget calls for 106 days of operating reserves.
BryCoun070913kr-4.mp3More about city reserves.
No rate increases have been requested for Bryan water, wastewater, and trash services.
BTU customers will pay more, to cover the utility’s costs for its share of building state-mandated electric transmission lines.
No one on the city council spoke in opposition to adding the public safety positions, giving pay raises, and contributing more to health insurance as part of next year’s budget.
The budget calls for a three percent merit pay increase for all city employees, another three percent increase for public safety employees, and the city contributing a six percent increase in health insurance costs.
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