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Peru approves 2011 operating budget

Posted by wlpo on April 28, 2010

Are all of the city’s debts included in the budget?  Does the city need to spend four thousand dollars on T-shirts?  Just a couple of the questions asked during a budget hearing before Wednesday night’s Peru City Council meeting.

The city is making the change to an operating budget.  The budget begins May 1, the start of fiscal year 2011.

City Treasurer Gary Hylla, Mayor Scott Harl, and Clerk Dave Bartley fielded questions from three men in the audience.

One man drilled officials on expenses such as $5,000 for the volunteer economic development director and $18,000 for a new truck for the cemetery.

Officials explained how not everything in the budget would be spent and purchases would need council approval.

Hylla says it’s very close budget cash flow wise.  The city is projected to spend about $900,000 more than they’ll take in.  Hylla attributes it to loans and interest.

Harl says they went with a budget instead of an appropriations ordinance because this way they could call all of the department heads in and pick it to the bone.

The council approved the budget.  It’ll be revised in about three months after an audit by the city’s accountants.

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