The budget for the Town of Crawford was approved by the council Dec. 11.
Town clerk Jackie Savage pointed out in her budget message that the amount of money listed from grants and then expenditures for the Crawford Town Hall remodel are all pending the awarding of grant money.
Savage made it clear that if the grant money was not awarded, the remodel would have to wait for funding.
The proposed 2014 budget for the Capital Improvement Fund shows $160,000 in donations, $556,588 in grants and a transfer of $120,000. Total revenue in this fund for 2014 could be $836,688 with $836,421 in expenditures. If all goes as planned the ending balance in the fund will be $13,189.
The General Fund proposed budget shows $75,100 in tax revenue, $49,700 from intergovernmental revenue which includes $10,000 in severance tax. $19,000 from mineral leasing and $15,000 from the highway users tax.
The town expects to receive $250 from licenses and permits.
The town charges for rent and services which are proposed at $3,200.
Total revenues expected in 2014 are $129,000. The beginning balance in the General Fund is $309,822. That will bring available revenues to $438,852 in 2014.
General Fund expenditures proposed for 2014 is $77,575 for personnel and $10,250 for supplies. Purchased services which include auditing, legal fees, street maintenance and insurance bonds are proposed at $29,800. Total utilities are expected to be $24,800, $12,000 for total maintenance, $5,950 in miscellaneous supplies which includes travel and meetings, memberships, publishing, donations and treasurer's fees, and total non-operating expense at $15,000. Total of all expenses is $175,375, with $9,000 kept for emergency reserves.
The Conservation Trust Fund which is designated for parks shows $2,300 in revenues for 2014 and expenditures of $19,000 for a $16,700 shortfall. However, with the beginning fund balance of $12,768, the ending fund balance for 2014 should be $5,068.
The Sewer Fund has a proposed budget of $100,000 in total revenues with $96,000 coming in user fees and $4,000 in the sewer reserve. Expenses of $98,900 are expected. With the beginning fund balance of $1,831, the available resources should be $2,931. The expenses come from $53,800 in personnel services, $4,500 in supplies, and $22,700 in purchased services including legal fees, auditing, engineering fees, sewer samples, utilities and insurance bonds. Total costs to maintain the sewer are expected to be $17,900.
Revenues for the Water Fund are expected at $82,000 for 2014 coming from $75,000 in user fees and $7,000 in the water reserve. Total expenses are expected to be $81,105. With a beginning fund balance of $38,544, 2014 available resources should total $39,439.
Water Fund expenses come from $54,955 for personnel services, $7,350 for supplies, $11,800 for purchased services including auditing, legal fees, engineering fees, annual water testing, utilities and insurance bonds. Maintenance costs are expected to total $7,000.
The town clerk presented a profit and loss budget versus actual costs for Jan. 1 through Dec. 10, 2013. She summarized the report stating the General Fund in 2013 had $114,725.69 in income and $112,883.73 in expenses for a profit of $1,841.96 before depreciation. Water Fund income was $83,359.48 with $57,635.32 in expenses for a profit before depreciation of $25,724.16. Sewer Fund income was $91,246.73 and $83,458.92 in expenses for $7,787.81 in profit before depreciation.
The council approved a 2.420 mill levy on property values for 2014. Property taxes for 2014 are expected to be $5,942 which is down from $7,000 last year. For the last three years property taxes within town limits have gone down $2,500.
The Crawford Town Council approved paying membership dues and fees for the Colorado Municipal League of $352, All Points Transit of $437 and Crawford Area Chamber of Commerce of $45.
Authorization was given by the council to apply for a $400,000 Department of Local Affairs grant for the Crawford Town Hall renovation project. If the grant is not awarded, the ADA restroom will be put in where the current kitchen is upstairs and a new kitchen will be put in another room. The town hall needs to be re-roofed.
Savage suggested the council consider a ballot question for the April municipal election asking voters if the TABOR restrictions should be ended. If voters would approve de-Brucing the town, the town could put money away for a contingency fund or a rainy-day fund, according to Savage. If the town wants the question on the ballot, it will have to decide in January.
Town staff received a 3.5 percent cost of living increase in their wages and a $300 holiday bonus. The council will take three bids on jackets for town staff.
The council approved security lighting for the basketball court at town park.
The discussion on a municipal court will continue in January.
The next town council meeting will be Jan. 15.blog comments powered by Disqus