After operating for almost three months on an interim budget, Reynoldsburg City Council approved a final budget for 2009 Monday night showing anticipated overall expenditures of $30.1-million and revenue of $30.6-million.

After operating for almost three months on an interim budget, Reynoldsburg City Council approved a final budget for 2009 Monday night showing anticipated overall expenditures of $30.1-million and revenue of $30.6-million.

Mayor Brad McCloud said the estimated general fund revenue for 2009 is $13,454,663 with anticipated expenditures of $13,334,290. This leaves the general fund in the black by $120,373.

Both McCloud and city auditor Richard Harris said getting to a final budget took some work. Council approved an interim budget for 2009 on Dec. 22 after city officials learned of $479,576 in higher-than-anticipated expenses. An extra pay period for employees in 2009 accounted for $400,000 of that total.

Harris said the unexpected receipt of $326,000 in estate taxes was a big help in balancing the final budget that was approved Monday. In addition, he said, every department's budget was looked at line by line. Adjustments were made based on last year's activity, he said.

"We looked at every department and every line and said well, here's what they used a couple of years ago, here's where they're at now, and cut a couple hundred dollars here, a couple hundred there, wherever we could," Harris said.

He said some of the cuts included eliminating overtime except for the police, street and water departments.

"The rest just came from operational things, like we cut back on office supplies in one account," he said. "It was one of those things where the more we worked with it, the more we could find a few bucks here and a few bucks there."

McCloud said small line-by-line departmental cuts also added to the figures falling into the black. For instance, he said, a clerk of courts vacancy was not filled, which accounted for $48,000.

He said the city also dropped plans to spend $116,401 to buy three new police cruisers

McCloud said getting the final budget into the black was a collaborative effort on the part of Harris and Councilman Ron Stake.