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Spring Valley focuses on financials


Fri, Feb 13th, 2009
Posted in Government

The focus of the Spring valley City Council on Monday, February 9, was focused on the financial situation of the city and what the various departments can do to deal with the certain shortfalls that will happen not only this year, but years down the road.

City Administrator Deb Zimmer said that there are some departments that might be able to trim funds but most of the budgets are set, such as the Library and the Ambulance.

"Right now Coop is at the break even level", said Zimmer. Of concern will be the Medicare dollars which are being picked up through the General Fund.

The EDA and Parks appear to be in a position of having a few extra dollars to trim. EDA does have some reserves, approximately $20,000 and these will be cut and the Park Department will be required to carve out 5 to 10-percent. "Just tell me how much to cut and I'll make it up somewhere," John Fenske told the council.

Zimmer continued by saying that the City needs to cut 92 to 93 thousand dollars this year and $300,000 over three years. In the past, the General Fund has come to the rescue of any department that came up short and Zimmer said that will probably be the case over three years.

Other business

• Waste Management was at the meeting to present two checks of aluminum recycling money. The first was for $396.80 to the Black Dragon Demo Team for recycling 1,240 pounds of aluminum cans. Youth Fast Pitch Softball received $328.00 for 820 pounds of aluminum cans.

• The Spring Valley Ambulance Association donated $948.00 to the City to purchase automatic garage door openers. The Rural Fire Board will be meeting on March 4th to put together specs for a new pickup to be used as a grass rig.

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