A $5.28 million budget for 2018 is on the agenda for Monday’s St. Clair Board of Aldermen meeting.
That number is the combined total of budgeted revenues projected for the city’s six funds. The budgeted revenue for the general fund is $2.3 million, the water and sewer fund is $1.8 million, the park fund is $164,600, the street improvements fund is $327,000, half-cent sales tax is $285,500 and the transportation fund is $285,000.
City officials met Tuesday to discuss the 2018 budget. City Administrator Travis Dierker spoke to The Missourian Thursday regarding the spending plan.
With closing the St. Clair Regional Airport, the city will save approximately $30,000 to $40,000 in the general fund, according to Dierker.
Aldermen will also vote on a proposed 5 percent water rate increase and a 15 percent sewer rate increase, according to Dierker.
The increased rates are due to a new disinfection process for the wastewater treatment plant that is required by the Missouri Department of Natural Resources and the Environment Protection Agency, he said.
The disinfection process involves adding ultra violet rays into the wastewater treatment system. With engineering and other upgrades needed to do the disinfection, the cost is the ballpark of $4 to $5 million, according Dierker.
The city will apply for a certificate of participation that will pay for some of the project. In order to pay back the certificate, the city will use the money from the increased rates, Dierker said.
The city is required every four to five years to renew a wastewater treatment permit. During the last permit process, it was noted that by the next permit renewal, the city has to have a disinfection process in place, Dierker said.
The disinfection process must be completed by 2020 and the city will begin that process next year. In the water and sewer fund, $100,000 is budgeted for the disinfection process, according to Dierker.
A few projects have been budgeted for city hall, including computer and network upgrades, a $60,000 restoration project for a new roof at city hall and new flooring, among a few other items, according to Dierker.
In addition, the budget calls for a 2 percent salary increase for city employees.
“There was some additional increases based on some wage reviews that we did and just merit raises. So there’s some additional ones, but everyone received 2 percent,” Dierker said.
In the street improvements fund, $200,000 is set aside for street resurfacing and paving, according to Dierker.
In the general fund, a total of $15,000 has been set aside to celebrate the city’s 175th anniversary next year, he said.
Budgeted expenses for the general fund is $2.3 million, water and sewer is $1.77 million, park is $164,128, street improvements is $451,863, half-cent fund is $185,500 and the transportation fund is $284,000. The total budgeted expenses of all funds amount to $5.2 million. A total of $200,000 is set aside for reserves.
Once again, Dierker said the budget is balanced.
“We’re pretty proud of that,” he said.
The budget cycle runs from Jan. 1 to Dec. 31.
There will be a public hearing for anyone to speak regarding the budget at 6:50 p.m. Monday before the regular board meeting at 7 p.m.