Needles proposal revised budget discuss and voted on.

Needles, CA: Last Tuesday, members of the Needles City Council got to hear from Director of Finance for the City of Needles Bonnie B. Luttrell about the proposal revised budget for the fiscal year ending June 30th, 2013.

Director of Finance for the City of Needles Bonnie B. Luttrell started the discussion saying,”We’re looking a lot better when we looked when we did the original budget because we did get a way of fund the Bashas’ obligation which was through an extra purchase payment which the Utility Board reluctantly approved last week at their meeting.”

Then, members of the Needles City Council heard information regatding the golf course.

“The golf course is looking worse than we thought so the general funds have to transfer a little more to golf then they thought that they have to transfer when we did the original budget,” said Director of Finance for the City of Needles Bonnie B. Luttrell.

Director of Finance for the City of Needles Bonnie B. Luttrell continued on some of the other high lights on the proposal revised budget saying,”There was some good cost savings; the contract engineer was going to spend less hours then we thought when we did the original budget so that was a major expens that went down.”

Regarding the Election’s charge fee, Director of Finance for the City of Needles Bonnie B. Luttrell said,”Election charge fee were less then the City Clerk have thought.”

Regarding legal fees, Director of Finance for the City of Needles Bonnie B. Luttrell said,”Unfortunately, our legal fees went way up because labor negotiations.”

Regarding the RDA, Director of Finance for the City of Needles Bonnie B. Luttrell said, “The RDA situation; the Department of Finance did approve one of those loads for pre-payment to the city so we’re half way there… getting that RDA money that we’re owned.”

Director of Finance for the City of Needles Bonnie B. Luttrell ended her comments by saying,”And if everything goes as planned, we should end a year on June 30th, 2013 with about $700,000 and that can be considered are reserved.”

Needles City Council Member Terry Campbell asked if that mets our resolution of keeping reserves at about 4.5%?

Director of Finance for the City of Needles Bonnie B. Luttrell responded saying,”We did do a resolution a few months ago, or a year or two ago to keep reserves at about 4% so that would satisfy that resolution; to make everybody happy.”

Needles City Council Members Linda Kidd and Terry Campbell was thanked by the City of Needles Mayor Edward T. Paget for working with Director of Finance for the City of Needles Bonnie B. Luttrell.

Later, Needle City Council Member Linda Kidd was asked by City of Needles Mayor Edward T. Paget if there was any updates regarding revenue from the medical marijuana dispensaries.

Needle City Council Member Linda Kidd responded to the question by talking about the City’s 2 areas of new revenue.

“We have 2 areas of new revenue and one would be from our marijuana clinic (No Name Mention); one of them for sure has been in contact with the City and that’s looking very promising. Their first month would have ended now in February and so we’ll be looking for some revenue in March,” said Needles City Council Member Linda Kidd.

Needles City Council Member Linda Kidd continued on saying, “Then our other one is our Utility Tax and so when we get our computer system re-worked so that we can start collecting that, there will be some revenue on the Utility Tax. And what that looks like it could be about $100,000 from the beginning for the Utility Tax; marijuana guessing could be about $10,000.”

After the discussion, members of the Needles City Council voted unanimously to approve the revised budget.

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