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Council adopts 2010 city budget

The Sunnyside City Council adopted the proposed 2010 budget for city operations at last night's meeting.

The total city budget for 2010 is $33,376,990, of which the general fund comprises $11,929,180.

Changes recently added to the budget include $30,000 to the recreation fund and a reduction in the stormwater fund budget to $250,000 plus grant proceeds.

The 2010 budget also includes five new positions. They are three new police hires, a battalion chief in the fire department and a code enforcement officer. The filling of the battalion chief position is pending further council determination.

One significant item in the 2010 budget is the transfer of $1 million from the general fund to the city's contingency fund.

The city is expected to have a total fund balance of $8,141,630 at the beginning of 2010. Revenues for next year are predicted at $25,235,360 with expenditures slated at $26,374,510. That will leave a total fund balance of $7,000,480 at the end of next year.

The general fund will start 2010 with $2,600,000 available. The city plans on taking in $9,329,180 in general fund revenues and plans to expend $10,263,230. This would leave an ending fund balance of $1,665,950 at the end of 2010.

Council thanked city staff for the process, with Councilwoman Theresa Hancock saying this was the easiest budget she has worked on since she has been on council.

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