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Grandview city budget for next year closely mirrors 2008 numbers

GRANDVIEW - The Grandview City Council continued work on the projected 2009 city budget last night, Thursday.

The council reviewed several departments, including police, fire and recreation.

Grandview Police Chief Dave Charvet told the council he has kept his budget requests to the bare minimum. The numbers are nearly the same as the 2008 budget.

Police administrative services increased slightly, from $226,470 in 2008 to a projected expenditure of $230,100 for 2009. Police investigations services rose by a little more than $20,000. Charvet told the council expenditures should rise to $282,700, up from 2008's number of $262,100.

Police patrol services are also expected to rise slightly. The proposed expenditures in 2009 are $972,200, up from $901,200 this year. The majority of the increases come from increased salaries and operating rentals and leases.

The police community programs budget is expected to increase by $6,000. Expenditures in 2008 are expected to by $162,220 and will rise to $168,500 in 2009.

Corrections services will increase by nearly $17,000, up from $131,700 this year to $148,500 in 2009. The bulk of these increases come in office and operating supplies and professional services.

Police communications services will rise from $331,700 in 2008 to $347,100 in 2009.

Combining all police services together, police expenditures are expected to increase from $2,015,220 this year to $2,149,100 in 2009.

Councilwoman Diana Jennings asked about projected overtime in 2009, noting the budget included $137,500 for this expenditure. She asked Charvet if more personnel could be hired with that amount of money.

Charvet told Jennings his department is studying just that.

Mayor Norm Childress pointed out most of the overtime is from officers covering other officers that are on vacations or out sick. Most of that coverage is in the dispatcher position.

Fire administration services expenditures will increase slightly in 2009 to a projected $131,900, up from $126,180 this year.

Fire suppression expenditures are projected to increase to $330,180 in 2009. This is up from $300,450 for this year.

Grandview Fire Chief Pat Mason said this is mostly from an increase in payroll line items to reflect an increase in volunteer compensation rates and to reflect the cost of adding duty coverage pay for volunteers from Sunday through Thursday, from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m.

Recreations services in Grandview will spend a little more money in 2009 from 2008. Total expenditures are expected to be $167,090, that's up from $159,610 from this year.

Aquatic services are expected to cost the city $70,700 in 2009, up from $63,930. The pool will again close early in 2009 to help save money.

Parks maintenance is expected to increase slightly, from $495,770 in 2008 to $509,000 in 2009. All total, the parks and recreation budget is expected to spend just under $14,000 more in 2009.

The council still has to look over administrative expenditures from the current expense fund in 2009, and will do that before the next city council meeting, which is Monday, Nov. 17.

Council will meet at 5 p.m. that evening to discuss that portion of the budget. Council will also hold a public hearing on the projected 2009 budget that day, at the regularly scheduled council meeting at 7 p.m.

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