Not happy with the way the City is planning to spend your hard-earned tax dollars in 2012-2013 budget?
Do you think your tax money will be better spent somewhere that you do not see anywhere in the budget?
If the answer to any of these questions is yes, I suggest you to come to City Council chamber tonight at 7:00pm and speak.
The FY 2013 CIty budget was officially introduced at the last official meeting on April 24, and this week will be the public hearing.
The budget includes no change in the property tax rate and maintains most services at the same level as the current fiscal year, with increases in both code enforcement during nighttime and weekend hours and in funding for the contract police program.
The total revenues and expenditures come to about $14.7 million, with a use of unassigned reserves of about $150,000. This use of unassigned reserves still allows the City to reach its goal of maintaining at least 25% of its annual budget in the unassigned reserves.
The budget also includes the following significant expenses:
- $400,000 for renovations to City Hall
- $100,000 for the College Park City/University Partnership, which will be used, together with University funds, to hire a staff person to support the ongoing collaborative efforts between the University and the City
- $80,000 to support the College Park Academy public charter school
- $4,100 for a one-day retreat for the Council and senior staff
- $25,000 for a business recycling incentive program
- $4,000 additional funds for tree replacement
The budget also includes direct grants to the following organizations:
- $4,000 for Meals on Wheels
- $12,500 for the Boys & Girls Club
- $32,500 for these College Park Arts Exchange.
Also, please take a look at the summarized version of the revenue and expenditures in this year’s budget that I posted here earlier.