MOUNT VERNON — Decisions were made, and the annual budget was set by the city of Mount Vernon’s appropriations committee on Jan. 19. City Auditor Terry Scott told the News that a balanced budget was reached Saturday after cutbacks were made to a few requests which had been submitted.
The largest items on the city’s annual budget, as usual, are within the General Fund which covers general operations plus public safety including fire, police, engineering, parks and streets.
Total budget for the year comes in slightly under $40 million. “Throughout the year as we make supplemental appropriations, this will probably grow at some point,” said Scott. Some slight increases in departmental budgets may have been requested for 2013, but Scott was unaware of any significant increases over 2012. “The departments pretty much, when they first put their requests together, tried to stay very comparable to last year’s appropriations. I think all of them did a pretty good job of that,” said Scott.
Funds for public utilities saw an increase for 2013, mainly because of a wastewater treatment plant electrical and instrumentation upgrades.
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