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Posted: Wednesday, June 12, 2013 9:30 am | Updated: 8:51 pm, Sat Jun 22, 2013.

Alderman approved a $10,576,503 budget Monday, which is down more than $2 million from the previous year.

The budget was prepared by Financial Officer Heather Keith and was approved with a 7-0 vote. Alderman David Pope was not at Monday’s board meeting.

The 2012-13 budget cycle begins July 1.

According to Keith the anticipated revenue is $11,027,863 which makes the city $451,360 in the black.

Expenditures are lower this year because there are fewer federal funds going toward street projects. In the 2012-13 fiscal year there was a Main Street project that cost $2,282,378 including $1,379,122 in federal funding.

This year, the three major projects are Denmark Road construction, $366,684; Independence Drive construction, $538,789; and grading of Veterans Memorial Park, $575,000.

Last year’s expenditures were $12,850,702, and revenue was estimated at $13,262,709.

A 2 percent raise for city employees will be in effect next year.

That total is slightly higher than the Cost of Living Adjustment (COLA) which is measured by the federal Consumer Price Index. The COLA is 1.7 percent.

The city also will hire three new employees: a new police officer, street department employee and park maintenance employee.

Following is a breakdown of overall expenditures and major expenses in each city department:

General Fund — $1,893,716

• Air-conditioner unit, $7,000;

• Tuck pointing, plaster of wall at city hall, $15,960;

• Laptop for city administrator, $2,000;

• Printer/scanner for finance officer, $380;

• Desk, $1,000;

• Microfilm reader improvements, $4,000;

• Traffic counter, $4,480;

• Filing cabinet, $1,000;

• Printer, $1,200;

• Desk and chair, $2,000; and

• Sign and new cemetery parking area, $15,000.

Police — $75,278:

• One Chevrolet Tahoe patrol vehicle, $41,000;

• Computers and server , $16,000.

• Replacing locks for police station, $2,200:

• Heat pump, $9,000; and

• Wireless communications line, $5,000.

Water — $203,750:

• Remote reads and new meters, $60,000;

• Water system maintenance, $100,000;

• Water system construction (Hamilton Street), $25,0500; and

• Pickup with utility bed and snowplow, $18,750.

Streets — $1,764,418:

• Dump truck with winter equipment, $56.500;

• Backhoe, $70,500;

• Replace roof on maintenance building, $13,000;

• Road maintenance, $400,000;

• Curb, gutter and sidewalk replacement, $40,000;

• Denmark Road construction, $366,684;

• Denmark Road Phase II engineering, $85,730;

• Judith Spring Road bridge engineering, $56,054;

• Prairie Dell Road Phase 1 engineering, $34,390;

• Prairie Dell Road Phase 2 engineering, $102,771; and

• Independence Drive construction, $538,789.

Wastewater — $298,750:

• Sewer system maintenance, $35,000;

• Sewer main construction (Spradling Avenue), $55,000;

• Sewer line replacement, $15,000

• Collection system maintenance, $10,000;

• Sludge removal, $165,000; and

• Pickup with utility bed and snowplow, $18,750.

Parks — $640,983:

• Kubota utility tractor, $9,650;

• Building maintenance, $15,000;

• Grounds maintenance, $25,000;

• Shade shelter for handicap swing, $5,835;

• Grading of Veterans Memorial Park, $575,000; and

• Resurfacing of basketball courts, $10,500.

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