Property owners will see no tax rate increase and city employees will see no pay increase in the city manager’s proposed 2019-20 budget to be presented at tonight’s Paris City Council meeting. The tax rate is to remain at 55.195 cents per $100 valuation.
Councilors meet at 5:30 p.m. in council chambers at City Hall, 107 E. Kaufman St.
City Manager John Godwin said he anticipates roughly $24.194 million in general fund revenue — an increase of about half a million — with expenses projected at $24.184 million. Increased revenue is expected from roughly $292,000 in property taxes and $125,000 in sales taxes. The city’s portion of a 2-cent increase to the hotel occupancy tax is expected to remain the same at $650,000 with the increase dedicated to Love Civic Center renovation.
“Once again this year, we are keeping a stable tax rate, while adding funding for code enforcement, streets and engineering for a new sewer plant,” Godwin said.
The budget includes a new community development position, a part-time code enforcement officer and a chief building official with the elimination of a planning manager, and costs for third-party plan reviews and inspections to offset building official pay.
Budgeted costs include $145,000 for the mill and inlay of streets, a $100,000 grant match from bond funds for a pump track, $67,000 for swimming pool improvement, $75,000 for parks improvement and $104,000 for street equipment. Roughly $224,000 is allocated for a new ambulance.
A recently approved water and sewer rate increase is expected to add roughly $354,000 to the sewer fund but a reduction of roughly $277 in water revenue results in an expected $15.250 million in revenue for the Public Utilities Fund, an increase of $88,700 from the prior year budget. Total expenditures are projected at $15.111 million, including $372,000 for sewer plant engineering.
Requests by department heads not in the budget include employee pay increases, a bulldozer, a brush truck, sanitation tub grinder and an exterior update at the Police & Courts Building.