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Spring Valley City Council Report: Council hears overview of 2006 audit and budget

Fri, Jun 1st, 2007
Posted in Government

"Overall the City did a very good job of watching the budget".

These were the words of the City's auditor, Lloyd Johnson who appeared before the Council Tuesday night, May 29. He gave the members an overview of the audit and the budget for 2006.

In the report it was stated that the city's net assets are approaching 14 million dollars with 6 million of that unrestricted. He cautioned that next year there will be some expenses that will come out of the 2007 report, when funds for these projects were in the 2006 budget. A new ambulance, fire truck and motorgrader will have an effect on the assets next year but those items have been taken into account and funds have been carried over.

According to Johnson, 80 percent of the revenue for the City comes through the Utility Commission and 28 percent comes in the form of taxes.

The subject of solid waste contracts came up at the meeting. The contract with Waste Management is up this fall and council members are discussing the possibility of putting out an "RFP", Request for Proposals for solid waste services. Council member Bill Bires said that he had received complaints from taxpayers on not being able to contact Waste Management and Mayor Struzyk agreed, saying he has received phone calls from residents who have had similar problems.

When asked when the last time the city put solid waste services out on bids, City Administrator Deb Zimmer said it hasn't been in the last ten years. Right now it would appear as though the City has two options in regards to solid waste.

1. Renew the current contract

2. Put it out on bids through request for proposals.

The issue will be discussed at the next meeting.

John Fenske appeared before the Council and said that it was necessary to replace a pump at the Municipal Pool recently. The $1,400.00 bill was approved. He said that the pool is up and running at a constant 80 degrees.

The next City Council meeting will be June 11.

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