Platte City board approves 2018-19 fiscal year budget

The Platte City board of aldermen approved its 2018-19 budget during its meeting on Tuesday, Sept. 25.

The total revenue budget will be $8,128,553 with a total operating/capital projects totaling $7,424,646, which is a reduction of $667,065 from the budget the last fiscal year because of the completion of the east side lift station construction project and a $171,000 reduction in general obligation debt service.

The $8.1 million includes $1.08M in interfund transfers.

The budget is expecting $2.31 million from city sales tax and $1.9 million in water sales, which accounts for 32 and 18 percent, respectively, of the ledger.

City Administrator DJ Gehrt noted there could be a mid-year budget amendment for work on a variety of road work projects near Highway 92/Interstate 29.

He noted in his report to the board that financial conditions are ‘strong and stable’ but also noted the ability for high quality public service, long-term transportation, recreation and facility projects aren’t as plentiful due to a multiple-year trend of flat revenue growth and a negative property evaluation — there was a $1 million decrease in 2018, a year after a seven percent increase.

Notable budget items

  • The city will discontinue the revitalization grant program for the upcoming fiscal year.

  • The city plans to video/clean/reline 3,500 linear feet of clay sanitary sewer lines for $105,000, part of a sewer relining project that will have 21,000 linear feet let with hopes of being finish in 2025.

  • A four-percent salary increase will be $80,000.

  • The capital outlay improvements include bleachers at Harrell Ferrel Park for $10,000 — contingent on Platte County Parks and Recreation grant funded at 80 percent; a skate park quarter pipe installed for $28,000; purchase of half-ton 4x2 extended cap truck for public works for $24,000; expansion of the Riverview Park disc golf course for $6,000 and geographic information systems (GIS) reconstruction for $100,000 — the biggest chunk of the $205,680. This will help the city water system maintain records of repairs and breaks among many other benefits.

  • The police department will increase by one officer that will be funded at 40 percent of a full-time officer. The PCPD will also be getting a police/audio video system interview for $11,140 that will be $36,40 after a MIRMA grant, while two body cameras will be replaced for $2,200.

  • Cemetery fees are up $85 per burial, which will have a minimal impact on the budget.