Lebanon 2016 City Budget

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The following spreadsheet details how the Grand Total amount of $16,175,600 for the proposed 2016 City of Lebanon budget is a whopping 36 percent more than the $11,877,786 Grand Total for the 2013 approved budget even though Lebanonís population today is just about the same as in 2013

City of Lebanon Budgets History

(Compiled November 8, 2015)

SOURCES:

A. Budget amounts from Lebanon Clerk-Treasurer spreadsheets during 2014 and 2015 budget workshops.

B. Population data from http://www.finplaneducation.net/population_data.htm 

NOTES:

1. 2013, 2014, 2015 budget amounts approved by the Indiana Department of Local Government Finance.

2. 2016 budget amounts passed by the Lebanon City Council on October 26, 2015.

Fund Description

2013

2014

2015

2016

16 vs 13 Incr.

Mayor 001 TOTAL

$116,952

$132,962

$196,687

$188,087

60.82%

Clerk-Treasurer 002 TOTAL

$139,791

$148,423

$189,710

$232,345

66.21%

Council & Board of Works 003 TOTAL

$43,793

$51,758

$53,833

$83,833

91.43%

City Hall 018 TOTAL

$1,298,670

$1,351,210

$1,966,805

$1,891,805

45.67%

Planning & Zoning 022 TOTAL

$236,311

$327,312

$306,217

$312,212

32.12%

COIT Capital 023 TOTAL

$1,689,196

$1,730,054

$1,877,626

$1,883,393

11.50%

Historic Preserv. Comm. 031 TOTAL

$32,459

$32,459

Active Living 032 TOTAL

$150,000

Police Department 200 TOTAL

$2,063,950

$2,563,431

$2,933,994

$2,961,800

43.50%

Fire Department 210 TOTAL

$1,648,681

$1,754,540

$2,054,000

$2,193,646

33.05%

TOTAL GENERAL FUND

$7,237,344

$8,059,690

$9,611,331

$9,929,580

37.20%

PERCENT INCREASE

11.36%

19.25%

3.62%

POPULATION

15,807

15,836

15,865

Fire Pension 803001121 TOTAL

$350,000

$350,000

$350,000

$350,000

0%

Police Pension 804001121 TOTAL

$300,000

$300,000

$250,000

$250,000

(16.67%)

Motor Vehicle Highway 201 TOTAL

$762,134

$907,171

$985,244

$1,049,631

37.72%

Local Road and Street 202 TOTAL

$134,000

$134,000

$199,000

$199,000

48.51%

Parks and Recreation 204 TOTAL

$435,283

$564,720

$655,884

$713,879

64.00%

Park Pool Debt Service 312 TOTAL

$180,277

$385,751

$379,274

Cum. Capital Improvement 401 TOTAL

$63,000

$63,000

$63,000

$63,000

0%

Cum. Capital Development 402 TOTAL

$500,000

$500,000

$1,366,477

$1,005,000

101.00%

Sanitation 620 TOTAL

$632,246

$639,684

$645,301

$674,417

6.67%

Storm Water Debt Service 660 TOTAL

$463,779

$513,449

$555,340

$561,819

21.14%

Rainy Day / COIT Savings 270 TOTAL

$500,000

$500,000

$500,000

$500,000

0%

Food & Beverage 471 TOTAL

$500,000

$500,000

$500,000

$500,000

0%

TOTAL OTHER FUNDS

$4,640,442

$5,152,301

$6,455,997

$6,246,020

34.60%

PERCENT INCREASE (DECREASE)

11.03%

25.30%

(3.25%)

POPULATION

15,807

15,836

15,865

GRAND TOTAL ALL FUNDS

$11,877,786

$13,211,991

$16,067,328

$16,175,600

36.18%

PERCENT INCREASE

11.23%

21.61%

0.67%

POPULATION

15,807

15,836

15,865

2013

2014

2015

2016

16 vs 13 Incr.

It is past time to initiate at least some small degree of fiscal restraint by cutting $108,272 (or 0.67 percent) from Lebanonís proposed 2016 budget so the 2016 budget is no more than the $16,067,328 Grand Total amount in the 2015 budget. Keeping Lebanonís 2016 budget Grand Total the same as the 2015 budget Grand Total should break the Taxpayer UNfriendly string of seven straight years with Lebanon municipal property tax rate increases that total an alarming 93 percent: see http://www.finplaneducation.net/lebanon_tax_rates.htm.

Cutting $108,272 from Lebanonís proposed 2016 budget will not impact the three percent 2016 salary increase for city employees. The following modest 2016 budget cuts are proposed:
$ 30,000 City Council Attorney (see Comment #1)
$ 35,000 Clerk-Treasurer Attorney (see Comment #1)
$ 18,782 Planning & Zoning Assistant Building Inspector (see Comment #2)
$ 24,490 City Hall Health Insurance Premium (see Comment #3)
$108,272 TOTAL

Comment #1. City Council and Clerk-Treasurer Attorneys. Having more than one attorney to serve the cityís needs is poor public policy. Lebanonís proposed 2016 budget for the Mayor includes $65,000 for a City Attorney. Individual City Council members and the Clerk-Treasurer should not have taxpayer money automatically available for additional attorneys to sue the Mayor or each other should they have an ax to grind. The $30,000 set aside for a City Council attorney and the $35,000 allocated for a Clerk-Treasurer attorney are hard-earned tax dollars that should instead be spent on the cityís real needs like important infrastructure improvements. The City Council should make the Taxpayer Friendly decision to remove from the 2016 proposed budget the ill-advised $30,000 for the City Council attorney and $35,000 for the Clerk-Treasurer attorney.

Comment #2. Planning & Zoning Assistant Building Inspector. Lebanonís local unsafe building ordinances are being enforced better than ever by the Lebanon Fire Department (LFD) without additional cost and unwarranted invasions of privacy. Annual LFD inspections of apartment buildings and residences with two or more rental units are being accomplished using existing personnel without having to impose additional rental inspection fees that can be passed along to renters. In spite of the increased LFD inspections to frugally enforce the unsafe building ordinances, Lebanonís proposed 2016 budget includes changing the Assistant Building Inspector in the Planning & Zoning Department from a part time to a full time position, with a salary increase from $21,218 to $40,000. The Assistant Building Inspector is not needed to duplicate the apartment inspections performed by the LFD, and this position should therefore remain a part time position saving taxpayers $18,782 in 2016 salary.

Comment #3. City Hall Health Insurance Premium. The Clerk-Treasurer stated at the July 30 budget work session that the $1,500,000 line item for the 2016 Health Insurance Premium can be cut to $1,353,000. Cutting $24,490 from the 2016 Health Insurance Premium would leave a prudent amount of $1,475,510 to cover the 2016 Health Insurance Premium costs.

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