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Date Posted: 05:48:14 07/25/17 Tue
Author: River Oaks Reporter
Subject: Budget Workshop July 18, 2017

This was a special called meeting of the River Oaks City Council for a budget workshop. All members present except Councilman Holland.

This was a very rough cut of next years budget and numbers.

First item for discussion was scheduling dates for Finance Committee to go over the City Budget for next year. Proposed dates: July 27 5:30pm and July 31 5:30pm. It was stated by the mayor that Joe Ashton would be replacing JoAnn Gordon on the Finance Committee. The mayor questioned Marvin if they had an alternate in place for Holland. Marvin stated they did, but not who.

Next was discussion of proposed budgets for each dept. They wanted to add a park employee for maintenance in the parks. Gordon Smith is wanting to add several employees to help take the load off Marvin. The mayor also commented on needing to work on a replacement for Marvin since Marvin stated he may only be here five more years.

The mayor stated that City Hall hasn't been re-roofed since before he was mayor and that it has several leaks and the repairs for re-roofing need to be in the new budget.

The mayor stated that also in the budget the city needs to be putting away 60,000 a year to help pay for a new fire truck in nine years. He stated council promised a new fire truck every 10 years and we need to have the funds available when those 10 years are up.

Police Dept stated their budget for their dept. will actually be 5000.00 in the black this coming year.

Fire Dept. budget is proposed to increase by almost 250,000. Chief Shelley stated he wants to hire three captains. That would be one full-time paid fire dept. employee for every shift. He stated the need is because of the lack of volunteers and to guarantee a truck could leave the building should an emergency arise. He stated several incidents where they didn't have enough staff for a truck to leave. It was also stated that even if or when they reach full-time, full paid shifts, that that would still not be enough fire personnel to get a joint agreement with Fort Worth because they require four full-time paid firemen a shift.

Marvin stated the optimistic intake of our tax dollars coming in next year to around 4.5 million dollars. If you remove capital from the proposed budget we could be 450,000 in the red. And if you add capital back in we would be 818,000 in the red.

This will leave the Finance Committee with a lot to chew on!

Meeting Adjourned.

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