Blaine City Council to hold public hearing on 2012 budget

Published on Fri, Nov 11, 2011 by Jeremy Schwartz

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At its Monday, November 14, meeting, the Blaine City Council will hold a public hearing on the city’s 2012 draft budget.

The city expects to bring in about $4.957 million into its general fund in 2012, 1.3 percent more than in 2011, and spend about $4.954 million, 1.7 percent more than in 2011.

I’ve crunched some numbers for the general fund, and it appears spending on law enforcement makes up about a quarter (25.7 percent) of the city’s estimated expenditures for 2012. The city estimates it will spend approximately $1.2 million on law enforcement, with an additional $637,000 being spent on public safety administration and correctional/detention costs (re: the city jail). Spending in all these areas has increased by about 1.3 percent since last year since 2011.

The city has placed a PDF version of its draft budget online. Click here to take a look at it.

The city council meeting will start at 6 p.m. on Monday, November 14, at Blaine city hall.

Below I've prepared a table showing all the main categories of expenditures in the general fund, what amounts were in the 2011 budget, what amounts are in the 2012 draft budget, the percent change from 2011 to 2012 and the percent each category comprises of the 2012 budget. All figures in the two left-hand columns are dollars while the remaining columns are percentages. 


 

General Fund Section
2011 Adopted Budget

2012 Budget
 Percent Change (Compared to 2011 Budget)
 Percent of Total 2012 General Fund Expenditures
 Legislative Total
  40,506 44,774
  10.5
0.9 
 Municipal Court Total
  246,916 263,379
  6.7
  5.6
 City Manager Total
  148,075 147,996
  -0.1
  3.2
 Finance Administration Total
  359,151 312,111
  -13.1   6.7
 Utility Billing Total
  525,816 257,224
  1.7   5.5
 Financial Services Total
  114,388
130,410
  14   2.8
 City Clerk Total
  207,855 206,415
  -0.7   4.4
 Legal Total
  30,000 30,000
  0   0.6
 Personnel Services Total
  9,440 12,650
  34   0.3
Building Maintenance Total
  191,548 192,101
    4.1
 Management Information Systems Total (Includes Information Technology)
  165,562 195,576
  18.1   4.2
 Other General Government Services Total
  9,288 9,094
  -2.1   0.2
 Public Safety Administration Total
  533,749 537,024
  0.6   11.5
 Law Enforcement Total
  1,184,201 1,200,544
  1.4   25.7
 Detention and/or Correction Total
  95,000 100,000
  5.3   2.1
 Emergency Services Total
  10,200 10,200
  0   0.2
 Public Safety Capital Expenditures Total
 
   
 Pollution Control Total
  1,659 1,677
  1.1   0.04
 Animal Control Total
  15,571 14,900
  -4.3   0.3
 Tourism Total (Visitor Information Center)
  94,033 81,166
  -3.4   1.7
 Planning Total
  322,977 317,631   -1.7   6.8
 Community Development Total
  51,664 51,275
  -0.8   1.1
 Building Inspection Total
  99,986 102,892
  2.9   2.2
 Mental and Physical Health Total
  3,197 3,197
  0   0.07
 Culture and Recreation Total
  80,000 140,450
  75.6   3
 Total Transfers Out to Other City Funds
  289,727 265,427
  -8.4   5.7
 Total General Fund Expenditures
  4,600,509 4,679,963
  1.7  

 

 

 
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