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City spends 1 percent more than planned on operations
Council will vote on its budget adjustment Tuesday
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Gainesville's number crunchers say the city spent less than 1 percent more than the City Council originally approved for city operations at the beginning of fiscal year 2011.

A report presented Thursday to the City Council documenting changes to the city budget in the last fiscal year shows $95,867 more in spending than the city's original spending plan of nearly $25.6 million.

But much of the budget increase is due to accounting, according to Gainesville Budget and Purchasing Manager Matt Hamby.

But the city had other expected overruns, many of which it was able to mitigate with savings in other departments, according to the document presented to the council.

Payments the city planned to make in fiscal 2010, which ended in June 2010, weren't actually made until after fiscal 2011 started, accounting for nearly $59,400 of the budget increase for the year, he said.

The financial statement also shows:

  • Electricity for city fire stations cost $36,000 more than city officials had originally planned. The city balanced the unexpected expense with money that had originally been intended for fire department salaries.
  • Delays in construction on the city's newest fire station on Queen City Parkway caused the city to pay $5,200 in rent for the fire department to the developers of City View Center. That cost, too, was balanced with money originally intended for salaries.
  • City officials have, so far, spent $14,950 on a consultant in preparation for an upcoming negotiation with the county over sales tax distributions next year. City Manager Kip Padgett said other municipalities in the county will eventually reimburse Gainesville for part of the cost, with each payment depending on the outcome of the negotiations.
  • The city's Parks and Recreation Department made an extra $5,700 thanks to more than expected participation in youth sports programs in the final three months of the fiscal year.
  • The parks department also saw an increase in use in the Frances Meadows Aquatic Center in the final quarter of the budget year, accounting for $17,000 in concession sales, $20,000 in income for classes at the center and another $54,000 in admission costs to the facility. The revenues were balanced by higher electricity costs, higher costs in salaries and supplies for the concession stand and supplies.
  • The parks and recreation department also showed a $2,000 increase in fuel costs, which was balanced by an increase in property tax revenues.
  • City officials had to transfer $71,000 of money meant for general government operations to purchase two mowers and a heating and air conditioning unit at the Chattahoochee Golf Course.

The City Council will vote on the budget adjustment for the final quarter of last fiscal year at its meeting Tuesday.


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