Whitehall administrators and council members appear pleased with the city's 2016 operating budget.

Whitehall administrators and council members appear pleased with the city's 2016 operating budget.

Auditor Dan Miller, Mayor Kim Maggard and members of council reviewed the budget at the Nov. 24 meeting of City Council committees.

"Everyone worked hard on this. It's a good budget," Councilman Wes Kantor said.

Except for council's questions of clarification, little was said about the budget during the meeting.

The 2016 general-fund budget estimates income of a little more than $27.9 million and expenses of slightly less than $27.9 million, for a difference of $37,661, equal to about one-thousandth of 1 percent.

The projected $37,661 carryover would increase the city's cash reserve to a little more than $7.5 million, according the budget Miller prepared.

At the departmental level, the budget for the mayor's office in 2016 is $670,459, up from the $585,094 appropriated for 2015.

Increases include a new line item for a salary of $49,500 for the economic-development specialist, an increase in the appropriation for the IT staff from $62,549 to $76,711 and an increase in the mayor's salary from $77,500 to $82,500.

The budget for the auditor and treasurer increased from $1.26 million to $1.46 million.

Line-item increases include income-tax refunds -- from $712,500 in 2015 to $915,000 in 2016 -- and the auditor's salary, which increases from $75,000 to $80,000.

The budget for the human-resources department decreased from $213,783 to $212,538.

Line-item changes include a decrease in the HR director's salary from $100,731 to $85,100.

A line item for "HR education" was increased from $2,500 to $19,600.

The budget for the city attorney's office increased from $306,460 to $310,750.

Line-item changes include an increase in the city attorney's salary from $75,000 to $80,000.

The budget for the service department increased from $591,495 to $619,860.

Changes include a decrease in the director's salary from $85,000 to $75,000 and an increase in money for part-time seasonal employees from $15,000 to $55,500.

The additional employees will be permanent part-time employees tasked with litter control in the city, Maggard said.

The budget of the police department is $6.12 million in 2016, down from $6.26 million in 2015, but Miller said the change is because of 27 pay periods in 2015 compared to 26 in 2016.

The same discrepancy accounts for lower salaries in most instances in 2016, Miller said.

An ordinance authorizing appropriations for the 2016 general fund was scheduled for a second reading at the Tuesday, Dec. 1, meeting of Whitehall City Council.