MOUNT VERNON — Budget meetings have monopolized city officials’ time this week and the process will continue next week, Mayor Richard Mavis reported at his weekly press briefing on Friday.
The mayor said he, Safety/Service Director Dave Glass and City Auditor Terry Scott meet with each department head and go over their anticipated expenses for the coming year, as well as their “wish lists” of new projects or equipment.
They’re probably a bit more than half-way through the process, which is a little different this year. Last year, departments were told to prepare budgets maintaining the same levels as 2011, while this year they have to figure on a 1.5 percent increase for city employees. Wishes for major purchases or projects are discussed, then evaluated at the end of the year when the amount of carry-over from the current budget is known and there is a clearer picture of the year ahead.
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