The Bellaire City Council will continue its budget discussion tonight during a workshop at 7 p.m.
Council was presented with the proposed 2012 fiscal year budget on Monday. Tonight’s workshop is an opportunity for council members to ask questions and discuss the budget with city staff.
A public hearing has been scheduled for Aug. 15. Council will approve the budget on Sept. 12.
Council approved a resolution in May that established guidelines and parameters for the development of the budget. Council said that the 2012 budget would be developed at a total tax rate that would not exceed the 2011 tax rate.
Some of the highlights of the proposed budget include no pay increases for staff, a continued hiring freeze and limited travel and training costs for staff.
The proposed general fund budget, which funds almost all city services, accounts for about $14.3 million in revenues and $14.7 million in expenditures.
The largest portion of the general fund, or 76 percent, accounts for personnel and benefits. The city uses the general fund to pay 135.5 employees.
“We’re going a pretty good job with the budget,” City Manager Bernie Satterwhite said, adding that there is plenty of time to look at the budget.
Satterwhite said the proposed budget maintains the current tax rate, all funds are balanced and it does not exceed the 2011 projected expenditures.
The fiscal year for the 2012 budget is Oct. 1, 2011 through Sept. 20, 2012.
The proposed budget is 88 pages and is available here.
Council will meet at 7 p.m. in the council chambers, 7008 S. Rice Ave.