The upcoming Fiscal Year 2012/13 City of Douglas operating budget was the main topic of June 5 special city council meeting held at City Hall which lasted well over three hours.
The current reserved cash position as of May 25, 2012 is $3,082,536. Expected revenue for general fund is $14,933,555 total expenditures $15,133,968 a difference of $200,413 which is expected to come out of the reserve budget.
An estimated $600, 000 was allocated for the new Mayor and Council to use for Capital projects. This would come out of the reserve funds. These funds would only be used on capital purchases such as renovation of buildings, vehicles and anything with a life span of a year or longer.
Alternative saving options the finance committee presented to Mayor and Council were to close Douglas Recreation Center except for seasonal camps as well as the Senior Fitness Center. All recreation programs would be moved on the road as a result of the possible closure. The committee also proposed to find lease opportunities for recreation rooms year-round which would save the city $12,000. Also to close restaurant at Golf Course but to keep the bar open and hall for special events which could result in a proposed savings of $22,000.
Other items on the agenda where approved with votes of 6-0, extension for tax auditor Albert Holler and associates and renewal of contract for auditing services between the City of Douglas and Clifton Larson Allen LLP.
Also approved was the City of Douglas to accept grant funding and to enter an agreement with the State of Arizona Department of homeland Security in the amount of $32,800, these funds are allocated for equipment and fall under the Stonegarden Grant Program.
Adopting a tentative budget as recommended by the finance committee which will include health insurance will be discussed at a special meeting Thursday at 4 p.m. in the City Hall Council Chambers. The final FY 2012/2013 budget will approved at a July meeting.
The meeting is opened to the public.