Marysville City Council will vote next month on a $77.8-million budget for 2012.

Marysville City Council will vote next month on a $77.8-million budget for 2012.

Council is scheduled to hold a public hearing and the second reading of the 2012 budget at its Nov. 3 meeting.

Council is expected to vote on the budget at its Nov. 17 meeting.

Marysville will spend more on debt service and less on capital improvements next year, according to the projected 2012 budget.

The city’s biggest chunk of the budget — $42.1 million — is dedicated to debt service for city projects.

Operating expenses, including staff salaries, health insurance and general expenses, are estimated to cost Marysville nearly $30 million in 2012, according to information provided by finance director Jenny Chavarria. The city’s operating budget includes a $914,000 increase over 2011.

Those expenses include staffing for a second fire station, which is expected to open in 2012, and the creation of an IT manager position.

A $10.7-million capital improvement budget will include funding for a new fire engine, a new medic and three new police cruisers.

It also includes $400,000 for street improvements and $1.7-million for Advanced Metering Infrastructure (AMI). Marysville officials expect AMI will conserve water, allow customers to more accurately monitor their water consumption and eliminate the need for meter readers.

The next council meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. Nov. 3 at City Hall, 125 E. Sixth St.