East Moline has begun its budgeting process made unique this time by its switch from a fiscal to calendar year.
Instead of a fiscal year that would run May 1, 2013, to April 30, 2014, the city will budget for an eight-month period, May 1, 2013, to Dec. 31, 2013, officials said. The citythen will begin budgeting based on the calendar year starting Jan. 1, 2014.
The change is designed to streamline the budgeting processes and tax levy discussions.
The eight-month budget projects$25,644,331 in overall revenue and $29,092,025 in overall expenditures, leaving an anticipated deficit of $3,447,694 city officials will have to eliminate.It also projects a general fund revenue of $8,673,351 and $7,761,915 in expenditures, leaving a balance of $911,436 which will be rolled over to cover expenses in the first four months of 2014, city finance director Megan Petersen said.
On Monday night, East Moline aldermen and staff also discussed the city's property tax levy and a proposed $31,852,500 capital improvement plan highlighting anticipated equipment and capital needs for the city through 2017.
Earlier this month, Ms. Petersen said the proposed levy would be slightly lower. The owner of a $100,000 home paid about $710 on East Moline's portion of the levy for 2011, she said. Next year, it would be $705.
The capital plan includes new police and fire radios, a replacement water tower, a new emergency generator and sewer and water treatment expansions.
Today is Wednesday, July 30, the 211th day of 2014. There are 154 days left in the year. 1864 -- 150 years ago: After Sept. 1, every small box of matches will be required to have a 3 cent duty Lincoln stamp on it, and every large box will be one cent for every 100 matches. 1889 -- 125 years ago: Rock Island residents had contributed a total of $1,293 to the American Red Cross for the Johnstown flood relief fund. 1914 -- 100 years ago: Capt. Clark Means, new darkhorse twirler for the ARGUS staff, was in great form in his initial contest as a mound laborer. The result was that THE ARGUS trimmed the Union 6-5. 1939 -- 75 years ago: Hunter and Humprey Moody, young Decatur, Ill, brothers, lack only a few hours of establishing a new world light plane endurance record. 1964 -- 50 years ago: Gates of the 110th annual Mercer County Fair swing open tonight at Aledo for a full week of day and night activity. More that $36,000 will be paid in premiums and race purses. 1989 -- 25 years ago: The baseball field carved out of the cornfield near Dyersville, Iowa, continues to keep dreams alive for hundreds of visitors. Tourists from 26 state and France have visited Dan Lansing's farm to see the baseball diamond seen in the hit movie "Field of Dreams."