The Auburn City Council approved a $4.7 million FY2012 budget and budget ordinance on Sept. 1 that includes no city property tax increase, a spending reduction in 13 out of the city’s 18 departments and no budgeted items for capital improvements in the city’s general fund. The total adopted revenue is a $161,000 difference over projected expenditures.
In the city’s general fund budget, the revenue reflects 21 percent from ad valorem taxes; 36 percent from local option sales tax; and 37 percent from a blend of franchise fees, insurance taxes, and other fees; and a six percent interfund transfer from the city’s water fund of $206,000.
The city council and city department heads met four times through a four-month period to produce the budget, as well as held a mandatory public hearing Aug. 18, to which only one citizen attended.
The police department will receive the largest percentage of the 2012 funds at $1.5 million, an increase of more than $43,000 over FY2011.