GALLIPOLIS — The Gallipolis City Commission attempted to address concerns with the public about a tight budget the city has finally balanced.
The city estimates it will have $2.95 million to use in the general fund in 2016.
City Manager Gene Greene announced projects already funded through grants, namely the bandstand upgrades in Gallipolis City Park, as well as the waterfront improvement project. Greene also said the sewer plant upgrade project should be completed in late spring.
“At the moment, we’re looking at any grant that we can find for any public service or public safety,” Greene said. “We’re already working on two or three now.”
The general budget would consist of the following:
- City commission anticipates its budget to number $20,377.50.
- Gallipolis Municipal Court has $368,895.20.
- City manager’s budget consists of $61,793.10.
- City auditor and treasurer anticipates its budget to be $149,567. 89.
- Taxation department has an estimated expenditure allowance of $142,785.95.
- City solicitor’s office will have $148,982.21.
- Code enforcement office has an expenditure allowance of $86, 608.71.
- Gallipolis Police Department may use $1.04 million.
- Gallipolis Fire Department has $204,194.60 to use.
- City Building Department has an allotted $92,835.97.
- City officials have budgeted $65,000 for street maintenance.
- Recreation Department will have $5,366.
- Parks Department will have $80,795.67.
- General capital improvements are allowed $10, 560.54.
- Health and safety has allowed $5,575.
- Miscellaneous funds number at $130,183.88.
- Transfers and advances has $324,843.18 to use.
- County auditor’s deductions total around $5,250.
“My goal for this coming year, if at all possible, is to put as much money back into our infrastructure as we can,” Greene said. “We may have to have some water lines and some valves. We may not be able to do a lot, but we’re going to take it slow and see what we can do with our (aging) water lines.”
Greene said department supervisors and others had “crimped and saved” as much as they could and may have made cuts that had hurt them, but voiced no complaints.
“I think we have a great bunch of people and we’re headed in the right direction,” Greene said.
City Auditor and Clerk Annette Landers announced the city may have a roughly $10,000 carry over to the next year.
“Of course, you never spend everything that is in the budget,” Landers said. “Even so, that’s way too close. If the levy (income tax issue) does not pass, we are going to have to do some other cuts. I don’t know what they’re going to be because that will be a decision between the commission and city manager as far as what to do with operations. I just wanted to say we are not out of danger yet.
“We have a balanced budget at this point. It’s not beautiful. It’s not something I consider to be sustainable over time. Just to let you know, we’re still in trouble. We are balanced at this point.”
Landers thanked all the department heads and employees for their work.
Dean Wright can be reached at (740) 446-2342, Ext. 2103.