Dublin leaders will keep a close eye on the city's budget next year.

Dublin leaders will keep a close eye on the city's budget next year.

City council this month passed a 2010 budget that includes reductions in projected revenue and expenditures. But City Manager Terry Foegler said the budget is something that could be revisited throughout the year.

"Council recognized there is a lot of volatility and uncertainties," he said. "We will monitor (revenue and expenditures) very closely, so we can make adjustments as needed."

City council's finance committee will review revenue and expenditures at least quarterly, Foegler said.

The city expects at least $7-million less in revenue next year -- revenue is expected to decline from an estimated $67.96-million in 2009 to $60.75-million in 2010.

To compensate for the projected decline, the 2010 budget includes a 9-percent reduction in expenditures.

Foegler said the city will monitor the economy and the way it affects the level of employment and revenue of local companies.

"I think we need to be in a position that if revenues do perform more negatively than expected we can have things in place" to make adjustments to the budget, he said.

The city also will take a hard look at city services for cost savings, improvements and efficiency.

"This is a good opportunity for us to look at how we do provide services," Foegler said. "That will be a central theme for 2010."

The city will perform two surveys in 2010: the usual Dublin community survey and the National Citizen Survey.

The community survey, which the city has conducted for several years, will help the city compare the satisfaction of services to previous years, city spokesman Michael Racey said.

The survey will be given completely online, he said.

The city also will participate in the National Citizen Survey for the first time next year. It will help Dublin compare its services with those of other cities across the nation.

Foegler said information from the survey will help the city look into services that are lacking or find cost savings by comparing Dublin to other cities on a national level.

Dublin also will work next year on reducing its carbon footprint through the creation of an office of sustainability. The office will have one employee to work on "sustainability issues" and how the city can be greener when it comes to development, education and other matters, Foegler said.

"I think city council has made the next step by institutionalizing this," he said.

The office of sustainability will look for green ways to provide city services, green building initiatives and more. Changes instituted by the office of sustainability could not only help the city be greener, but help it save green.

Also on the agenda for 2010:

The city will continue looking into a quiet zone for the railroad crossing at Cosgray Road. Dublin also will try to lead other municipalities along the CSX line, including Columbus, Hilliard, Washington Township and Madison County, to establish a six-mile quiet zone.

The BriHi Square mixed-use development, a joint venture between Dublin and the Stonehenge Co., is expected to open in March at the northwest corner of High and Bridge streets.

The city will continue to work toward finding funding for improvements at the U.S. Route 33/Interstate 270 interchange. Construction won't start on the first phase, a northbound to westbound flyover ramp over the existing highway, for at least six years. The first phase is anticipated to cost $40- to $45-million.

Work will continue on improvements to Industrial Parkway. The $5-million project will improve state Route 161, relocate a portion of Industrial Parkway and add two roundabouts to the area. Construction is expected to wrap up in October.

Dublin will celebrate its bicentennial with activities that will include a heritage day, a living history exhibit, a Leatherlips outdoor drama and bicentennial twists on the Independence Day celebration.

The city will host the Can-Am Police-Fire Games in August. More than 2,000 law enforcement personnel and firefighters are expected for 58 events ranging from track and field and softball to billiards and arm wrestling.