Marysville News

2013 budget shows slight increase in operating funds


Marysville's 2013 appropriations budget reflects only a slight increase in operating funds, according to documents presented at an Oct. 25 public hearing.

No citizens attended the public hearing. City council heard the first reading of the appropriatons ordinance last week and will hear the second reading at its Nov. 1 meeting.

Finance Director Jenny Chavarria said there were three parts of the $74-million budget presented to council.

"The main highlights would be, the operating budget only increased 2 percent," she said.

The operating budget is $25,516,422 and addresses expenditures related to the day-to-day needs of the city. That budget increased by 2.09 percent due to small inflationary increases, according to Chavarria.

"The second highlight is the city making it a priority to pay off the note it borrowed for the Municipal Service Complex," Chavarria said.

The Municipal Service Complex is being built at the site of the old fire station at the corner of Main and Sixth streets. The project includes renovating the 1934 fire station structure, demolishing the 1974 addition and constructing a new addition.

The budget shows a $600,000 principal pay-down on the note for that project.

"We're paying off the note aggressively, which is what we promised," Chavarria said.

The city's debt service budget is $43,172,080 for principal and interest payments on outstanding debt, she said.

The $1,046,129 increase in debt service from the 2012 $4,2125,951 amount includes things such as the annual principal and interest payments for all outstanding debt and an accelerated pay-off of the Municipal Service Complex.

The capital budget of $4,358,900 is down fromtrhe 2012 amount of $10,765,316. It is for the purchase of capital assets or improvements to city-owned assets, Chavarria said.

It includes $275,000 for street repaving; $425,000 in grant funds for repaving Scottslawn Road; $351,900 to replace vehicles, including three police cruisers; $1,312,250 in water fund projects; $526,750 in sewer fund projects and $423,000 in stormwater fund projects.

The third significant item is a reorganization of departments that has little impact on the budget but is meant to make city services more customer-friendly.

"Some of the titles changed just to make it easier for the residents to understand what that position does," Chavarria said.

No positions were lost in the reorganization.

"The main thing is the engineering department is now housed under the public service department," she said.

The structural changes mean 16 divisions have been consolidated into 12.

Cemetery expenses are now with the Parks & Grounds Division. Recreation expenses are now located under the City Events & Recreation Fund. Facilities expenses are now located in the Engineering Division and civil service expenses are now located within the Human Resource Division.

The reorganization started this year, according to Chavarrias but is now reflected in the budget.