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Posted: Wednesday, June 13, 2012 12:00 pm | Updated: 7:19 pm, Sat Jun 22, 2013.

Union aldermen approved a $12,850,702 budget Monday night that includes major expenditures for roadway projects.

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.

“This is probably the smoothest year we have had with the budget,” said Mayor Mike Livengood. “Sales tax is doing well and we are able to increase (funding) to what we thought we’d have to hold back on — it has been a good year.”

According to Keith the anticipated revenue is $13,262,709 which makes the city $412,007 in the black.

A 2 percent raise for city employees will be in effect next year, as well as a 1 percent merit raise. Department heads will make the recommendation of employees who would receive merit raises.

That total slightly higher than the Cost of Living Adjustment (COLA) which is measured by the federal Consumer Price Index. The COLA is 2.9 percent. However, not all city employees will receive merit raises.

Total expenditures in the general fund is $2,893,488.

There are two major roadway projects in the spending plan — which are the Main Street project that was partially funded in the 2011-12 fiscal year, as well as the 2012-13 fiscal year — and the Independence Drive project.

The Main Street project consists of improvements from Highway 47 to Springfield Road including sidewalks, enhancements to the downtown district and roadway resurfacing.

The plan also calls for a roundabout at Main Street and Independence Drive that is being constructed now.

The project cost is $2,282,378 including $1,379,122 in federal funding.

The Independence Drive project includes roadway improvements from Highway 50 to Church Street including sidewalks and resurfacing.

The project also includes a proposed roundabout at Independence Drive and Washington Avenue.

The total cost of the project is $1,007,048, including $805,638 in federal funds. The project will be completed in two budget cycles and $646,546 is budgeted for the 2012-13 fiscal year.

The 2011-12 fiscal year spending plan called for $12,535,408 in expenditures.

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

Police — $46,700:

• One Chevrolet Tahoe patrol vehicle, $39,000; and

• Telephone system — $7,700.

Emergency Preparedness — $23,000:

• Recycle trailer, $18,000; and

• Box trailer, $5,000.

Water — $296,793:

• Professional fees for east well, $58,793;

• Land for east well, $130,000;

• Water system construction, $60,500; and

• Dump truck, $47,500.

Streets — $2,804,288:

• Dump truck with winter equipment, $115,000;

• Replace metal sheeting and insulation at city building, $22,000;

• Road maintenance on various streets, $125,000;

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

• Denmark Road engineering, $34,400;

• Independence Drive construction, $646,546;

• Main Street construction, $1,711,784; and

• Prairie Dell engineering, $109,558.

Wastewater — $190,500:

• Sewer system maintenance, $120,000;

• Collection system maintenance, $15,000;

• Heavy duty brush hog for skid steer, $8,000; and

• Dump truck, $47,500.

Parks — $53,173:

• John Deere TX Gator utility vehicle, $7,000;

• Gazebo at city lake, $27,109; and

• Refinish large water slide, $19,064.

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