Elkhorn to hear comments on budget
The proposed budget sets total spending at $32.6 million, a 2.8 percent decrease from the 2009 budget. The proposed tax levy is $3.5 million, representing a 3 percent increase from the current budget.
Officials proposed a 2.65 percent decrease in general funds—the budget element that supports police, fire, street maintenance, parks and recreation and other basic services.
City Administrator Sam Tapson said several factors contributed to what he calls an improved budget environment, including decreased health care costs based on lower claims processed in 2009, unanticipated expenditure and general transportation aid from the state and a favorable municipal cost index.
Alderman Gerald Norton said he is satisfied with the current proposal because it lines up with the city’s economic situation.
“It’s down from last year’s by a considerable amount,” he said. “The best thing to do is come to the public hearing so you can get all the details.”
The city council meets at 7 p.m. Monday in the Council Chambers, 9 S. Broad St., Elkhorn.