The Grantville City Council has finalized the city’s $1.8 million 2019 fiscal year budget.
The budget was finalized at the council’s regularly scheduled meeting Monday with no opposition.
The budget is based on the rollback millage rate of 4.96. A mill is one dollar of tax for each $1,000 in assessed property value.
“The important thing about our proposed FY 19 budget is that it is balanced without a tax increase,” Grieshaber said.
The city manager said sensible spending habits of the department heads and employees of the city also helped to balance the budget.
Last year’s budget was balanced by reducing the budget line item for police cars by $10,000 and reducing the salary line item in recreation and parks.
The finalized budget provides for a 2 percent cost of living raise for employees, a 10 percent increase in health care benefits costs and 3 percent employee retirement contribution.
Grieshaber outlined the costs other than salaries and benefits for the school resource officer — uniforms, guns, vehicle insurance, gasoline, vehicle maintenance, personal liability insurance, travel and training expenses, dues and fees.
Local resident Selma Coty, a former member of the city council, asked questions about the budget and said it appeared there is no money for training for members of the Grantville Historic Preservation Commission.
She said she understood that such training is required for Grantville to retain Certified Local Government status.
Grieshaber confirmed that there is no money for the required training.
However, “There are some training classes that are being planned that are free for all participants,” he said.
Coty also asked how much money will have to be transferred from utility funds into the general fund to make it balance.
A total of $406,000 will come from the electric and/or natural gas funds to make the budget balance, according to Stewart Mills, the city’s financial advisor.
“Is this going to necessitate an increase in any of the utilities to the consumer?” Coty asked.
“We have no indication that it will,” Grieshaber said.
He noted rate studies for all utilities are required annually.