Needles, CA: Needles City Council approved City Budget.
Members of the Needles City Council voted on Tuesday, June 25th, 2013 to approve the City of Needles’ City Budget 2013-2014.
Members of the Needles Public Utility Authority voted 6 to 1 to approved the Needles Public Utility Authority part of the City Budget on Tuesday, June 11th, 2013.
This is a picture of the General Fund Summary and Proposed Budget from thr Needles City Council for Fiscal Year 2013/2014.
**** Fiscal Impact: Following the Budget Workshop Meeting held on Tuesday, May 28th, 2013, the following changes and adjustments were made: ****
** Needles Public Utility Authority: **
– Water Asset Replacement Fund was used to partially fund the higher then normal FY 2014 expenditures and capital requests.
– A portion of Water’s capital expenditures will be requested from Zion Trust.
– A rate increase of $3.00 month per water customer was added to revenue, for budgeting purposes only. The Utility Board will have to decide what actual rate increase to apply.
– Electric added in $300,000 in projected revenue, in the event a cap and trade penalty is incurred, as this penalty would be passed on to customers.
** City of Needles: **
– The request for demolition money of $85,000 has been removed.
– Demolition money was reportedly for the Overland Hotel in Downtown Needles, California.
– Money was added in for a marking consultant to be spread one half to Utilities and one half between the General fund and Hospital.
– The Bashas Grocery Store’s liability of $200,000 is in the budget, but remains unfunded.
A committee to put this City Budget together was made up of Finance Director Bonnie Luttrell as well as a senior and utility account board member, 2 members of the public, a representative from each of the bargaining units, and City Manager David G. Brownlee and met monthly.
The City budget has reportedly 4 source of revenue which are property and sales taxes, the vehicle in lieu license fee, and the bed tax,
Also, there is some money coming in now from the marijuana sales tax. Reportedly, between $3,000 to $5,000 a month is coming from the medical marijuana dispensaries in Needles, California.
** More information regarding this agenda item at the following City of Needles website addresses: **