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Spring Valley Council take final action on 2009 budget

Fri, Jun 26th, 2009
Posted in Government

Members of the Spring Valley City Council took final action on the 2009 budget on Monday night (June 22, 2009) and Mayor Struzyk warned that, "This year, 2009 is not as tough as next year will be in balancing the budget."

So tough that City Administrator Deb Zimmer announced that the Council will begin working on next year's budget in July. Zimmer said, "It won't be easy and we are really going to have to look long and hard in balancing the budget."

Where did the final numbers come from to balance this year's budget? The EDA Fund Transfer from the General Fund originally was $40,000 and that was changed to $20,000.

The Park Fund Transfer from the General Fund was $140,289 and that was changed to $126,289, which is the Park's operating fund.

There will be a separate transfer of $155,900 for the wading pool, which remains the same.

Sidewalk construction in the General Fund Account was $20,000 and that was reduced to zero.

The planting of new trees totaling $5,000 was eliminated.

In addition to these cuts, the department heads are still being asked to make only necessary purchases.

Under a requirement of law, the members of the EDA must be paid a salary. For the last several years they have been receiving $25 per meeting. They have requested this be reduced to $1.00 per meeting to be paid once a year.

Council also approved payment number six to Road Constructors for the 2008 improvement in SW Spring Valley. The amount was $75,930.

Payment was also made for the Wading Pool Project in the amount of $17,005.

In Department Head reports, Leonard Leutink briefed the Council on the work that 8 men from the Work Force Center have been doing on the flood plain in the City Farm. They are doing a good job clearing the trees in the flood plain and will be around town until August 31st.

Fire Chief Troy Lange reported that it has been a rather slow month with only 2 fire calls.

Permission was given to the Chamber to hold the annual fire works display, street dance, soapbox derby and parade in the same locations as last year.

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