It took 10 hours of discussion spread over two days for the Englewood City Council to finalize the changes and adjustments to the revised 2010 …
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It took 10 hours of discussion spread over two days for the
Englewood City Council to finalize the changes and adjustments to
the revised 2010 budget.
The final document presents a balanced budget with revenues
estimated at about $40.3 million and spending estimated at $4.6
million. About $300,000 will be used from the city’s reserves to
balance the budget. That leaves the city with reserves of about
The process didn’t come easy because members of the council
insisted on restoring funding from many programs popular with city
residents, like the summer concert series, the Rec Zone program for
teens and the summer drama program.
But that added to the gap between revenues and spending either
by cutting spending or by transferring money from other funds.
It took some lengthy debate and discussion but eventually the
cuts and transfers were made to balance the budget.
Council members also agreed on budget changes that erased the
need to draw several hundred thousands of dollars, called bridge
funds, from the Long Term Asset Reserves to balance the budget.
They did, however, agree to earmarking $298,000 from that fund to
be the matching funds for a federal grant that will be used to hire
three police officers, the first step to restoring the city’s
impact team. Residents have urged restoration of the highly-visible
impact team since it was cut several years ago because of a lack of
The proposed budget, including all the changes, will be
presented to for approval on first reading as part of the Oct. 5
city council meeting. The meeting will be held at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 5
in the council chambers on the second floor of the Englewood Civic
Center, 1000 Englewood Parkway.
Provided the proposed budget is adopted without major changes,
it will come back to the council for second and final reading as
part of the Oct. 17 meeting.
Englewood, like most other governmental agencies, faced
difficulties due in a large part to the downturn in the economy.
The downturn hit the city hard because Englewood depends on sales
taxes for more than half its annual revenue.
The tough economy saw people losing their jobs and some taking
pay cuts so they spent less money in local stores. The domino
impact was a decline in sales tax each month since the first of the
The city moved to prevent a possible financial crisis by making
spending cuts early in the year. Based on the history, the forecast
was the economy would, at best, be flat so city staff has been
working to devise a workable plan to reduce spending with the least
possible impact on services.
The first portion of the discussion took place at the Sept. 26
workshop. Each department director explained the gist of that
portion of the budget, including three levels of possible cuts.
The city also got the cooperation of the members of the three
unions representing city employees, as they agreed to a wage freeze
The discussion was continued until the Sept. 28 study session.
The final balanced budget was achieved by approving the vast
majority of priority one cuts and a number of priority two cuts.
Also, the city drew on transfer of money from the ServiCenter Fund
and the Risk Management fund totalling about 650,000. There also
was a transfer of about $150,000 from the public improvement plan’s
money set aside for street and road repairs. The council also
transferred the remaining $197,500 from the land band fund. All
transferes were to the general fund, the money used for day-to-day
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