City’s budget moves closer to approval

The City of Warren’s 2018 budget is one step closer to approval.

A public hearing was held on Monday regarding next year’s $10,072,458 spending plan.

No comment was offered.

The proposed spending for each department is broken down in a notice prepared by the city — $2,811,350 for finance and administration services, $1,957,546 for the police department, $2,403,060 for the police department, $2,389,985 for the Department of Public Works, $110,288 for community and economic development and $400,229 for the Codes Department.

The statement also details separate amounts of $2,481,300 for the Community Improvement Program Fund, $2,273,480 for the Sewer Fund and $522,197 for the Parking Fund.

City Manager Nancy Freenock told council that there would be some adjustments made to the budget prior to council’s meeting next Monday.

She said that workers compensation insurance costs came in higher than expected and that the city is in the process of “settling two out of three collective bargaining agreements” which would also require some adjustments.

“No tax increase is proposed,” Freenock said last month.. “One change is an appropriation of $50,000 to fund a main street program.”

On tap for next year are an upgrade of Lacy playground, work on the Crescent Park Trail and healing garden, streetscape for the 400 block of Pennsylvania Avenue, the intersection between Lexington Ave. and S. Parker St. and design for a streetscape of the 200 block of Pennsylvania Ave.

She added that the sidewalk replacement program — Pridewalk — will be funded in 2018 along with a carry over of 2017 funds committed and that some street resurfacing will be completed that was not completed in 2017.

The 2018 budget is an increase from the $8,581,810 spending plan approved in 2016 and the $9,574,100 budget approved for the current year.

The budget is available for public review at the municipal building during business hours, online and in the Reference Room a the Warren Public Library.