EAST MOLINE — Aldermen on Monday approved a special eight-month budget for the city and a strategic plan.|
The budget is prompted by the city's switch from fiscal years to calendar years. Instead of a fiscal year May 1, 2013, to April 30, 2014, the city is budgeting for May 1, 2013, through Dec. 31, 2013. City officials will begin budgeting based on the calendar year starting Jan. 1, 2014.
Switching to the calendar year is meant to streamline the budgeting process and tax levy discussions.
Monday's vote was 6-1, with Ald. Dave Kelley, 5th Ward, opposed.
The short year's total revenue is expected to be $26,164,231, while expenditures are expected to be $28,185,655. The gap between the two is because of capital projects, and will be covered by reserves, city finance director Megan Petersen has said.
East Moline's general fund is expected to have a surplus during the short year, she said. Revenues should be about $8,601,651 and expenditures about $7,476,520. Counting cash transfers, about $1,267,131 will be left over.
Much of the surplus will be held to cover expenses in the following year's budget, she said. During the first calendar year budget, the city will not receive a property tax payment until well into the new budget year.
The strategic plan was approved 6-1, also with Ald. Kelley opposed.
City administrator Cole O'Donnell, who proposed the plan to help determine what needs to be done to improve East Moline, said it will provide focus for city planners. Its goals include better communication and improving expenditure control, efficiency and productivity.
After a closed session, aldermen also approved a year-long contract with the Fraternal Order of Police. The vote was unanimous with Ald. Kelley not present; he left at the start of the closed session.
The contract includes a 1 1/2 percent increase to the base pay for police officers starting May 1 and another 1 percent increase on Jan 1, 2014, Mr. O'Donnell said.
The pay increase for officers who become sergeants rose from 8 percent to 10 percent, he said. The raise for promotion from sergeant to lieutenant remains 4 percent, but is pegged to the increase for sergeants, meaning it is now 14 percent, up from 12 percent.
Officers also get an additional raise for length of time served at 23 years.