Worthington city leaders on Nov. 5 presented proposed operating budgets for 2019 to Worthington City Council.

The proposed budgets were for the administration, economic development, law, finance, personnel, information technology, mayor's court, planning and building, police and fire and EMS.

Most of the departments had no noticeable increase in funding, but the planning and building, finance and police departments will have increases in their budgets, according to the presentation.

Lee Brown, director of planning and building, said his department would see a budget increase for contractual services, making the proposed 2019 budget $807,389. The budget for 2018 was $777,207.

Brown said $36,000 would go toward annual fees associated with a new software system the planning and building and service and engineering departments are implementing that will allow building permits, online applications and fees to be completed and tracked online.

"It's been a key thing that hopefully in January we'll be able to kick off," Brown said.

Finance will have a slight budget increase, making the proposed budget total for the department $1,729,651; it was $1,657,521 in 2018.

The biggest increase would be for contractual services, according to a presentation from the city.

The police budget is proposed to have an increase increase from $6,102,395 in 2018 to $6,384,725 in 2019.

Police Chief Jerry Strait said $6,000 has been added to administrative support to fund polygraph exams for five new officers. He said that $10,010 also has been added to administrative support to pay for 11 new vests and one detective who is going into the detective bureau.

Next week, the city will hear budget proposals from the parks and recreation department and service and engineering, as well as the Peggy R. McConnell Arts Center of Worthington and the Old Worthington Partnership.

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