Worthington City Council passed the city's budget for 2016 with little discussion at their meeting Monday, Dec. 7.

Worthington City Council passed the city's budget for 2016 with little discussion at their meeting Monday, Dec. 7.

Since its Nov. 16 introduction, only minor tweaks were made to the nearly $27 million budget originally brought before council.

In the weeks leading to its adoption, several small changes were made that resulted in about $105,000 more in spending than initially indicated.

According to finance department numbers, the city is expected to bring in $26.2 million in revenue and will maintain a general-fund balance of more than $10 million.

City Council members approved the budget with no discussion.

At the same meeting, the council approved the 2016-20 capital-improvements program, detailing projects ranging from sewer work to the intersection of Huntley, Worthington and Wilson Bridge roads.

The only discussion on the matter was about $150,000 allotted to a study on potential changes to state Route 161 to the west of the city, an issue that has been discussed for some time. Multiple council members expressed interest in spending less of that money on the 161 study and more on a parking study for Old Worthington.

The capital-improvements budget includes between $1,658,500 and $1,895,000 in annual city spending each year, not including several large projects that will be funded by bonds and other debt.

Council also approved the issuing of more than $1.5 million in notes "in anticipation of the issuance of bonds" for a ladder truck, work on a waterline in the Davis Estates subdivision, and community center work.

City Manager Matt Greeson said the notes made fiscal sense.

"It continues to be advantageous to what we call rolling these notes because of the interest rates," he said.

The renewal marked the fifth such action with the notes, which began in 2011. Finance Director Molly Roberts said the interest rates of about 1.2 percent were "very favorable" for the continued annual renewal of short-term notes.

All budget issues were unanimously approved by council.