The O’Fallon City Council unanimously approved the city’s $83.8 million 2013 budget at Thursday’s meeting.
The 2012 budget projects that the city will bring in a total revenue of $80.4 million compared to $72.2 million in 2012.
Director of Finance Vicki Boschert said the budget projects $28.3 million in general revenue, which pays for public safety expenses, city hall operations and other operating expenses.
Boschert added, O’Fallon has seen a 3-percent increase in sales tax revenue, which is the city’s largest source of revenue.
With the improvement in the city revenues over the past year, O’Fallon is able to add city staff new positions.
The approved 2013 budget includes funds to hire an IT Specialist, three police officers, three communication officers, a fleet manager, project manager and storm water maintenance worker.
General Fund Capital Expenditures
- $329,000 for CLIP improvements at two interchanges.
- $365,000 is set aside as part of the Equipment Replacement Fund.
- Purchase of 20 vehicles to replace existing vehicles in the General Fund.
- $98,000 for the replacement of three outdoor warning sirens. This is the first phase of a multi-year replacement program.
- $86,000 for City Hall interior, exterior and mechanical renovations and improvements.
- $262,000 for IT systems and components.
Other projects include:
- Planning for the Civic Hall replacement and the development of O’Day Park.
- Funds were also budgeted for the demolition of Civic Hall and the existing structure at O’Day Park.
- The construction of a ground-level water storage tank and the rehabilitation of filters 2, 3, and 4 at the Water Treatment Plant are proposed to be financed over a six-year period.
- $250,000 for a study of the Pereque Creek lift station to ensure it has adequate capacity for O’Fallon’s future growth and to accommodate changes planned by PWSD #2.
- The capital improvements also include $750,000 for sewer line replacements/improvements.
- $1 million of concrete street improvements, $400,000 of city crew street repairs and $200,000 for preventative maintenance.
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