Worthington City Council on Dec. 3 voted to approve the city’s final 2019 budget.

Council members voted 7-0 to approve the budget.

Budget discussions for 2019 started at an Oct. 8 council meeting. Worthington’s city charter requires that an operating budget estimate and explanatory budget message be sent to City Council by the city manager 60 days prior to the beginning of each budget year. A proposed five-year capital-improvements plan also is submitted within this timeframe.

City Manager Matt Greeson said the total general-fund budget for 2019 was about $30 million.

Greeson said some of the more notable changes for the 2019 budget include an increase in personnel spending.

Regarding personnel spending, council member Rachael Dorothy asked how many full-time equivalent employees the city currently had.

Finance director Scott Bartter said the city employs 196 full-time equivalent employees.

Bartter said for 2019, the city also has allocated money to study how it charges for and supports recreational programs and water-and-sewer services.

“We’re an older community, so maintaining those infrastructures are important,” he said.

Read the full story in the Dec. 6 edition of the ThisWeek Worthington News.