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Budget amendment leaves Grandview with $53,000 less than anticipated

GRANDVIEW - The city of Grandview's current expense fund for 2012 was last night amended to reflect $53,000 less in its ending balance than was estimated when the budget was approved last year.

Accounting for the difference was increased expenditures in the court services, general management, records services, legal fund, general facilities budget and both the police and fire budgets.

The court services, said Treasurer John Myers, experienced an increase in expenditures because the city had to account for additional indigent defense counsel and labor negotiations.

He said the city also reviewed its codes and policies in 2012, accounting for unanticipated code publishing expenditures.

The city also had some repairs and maintenance to its buildings that were not planned for when the 2012 budget was adopted. The former Bleyhl Community Library, for example, received a fresh coat of paint for marketing purposes in anticipation of the sale of the property.

The police and fire departments purchased new equipment this year. The fire department, said Myers, purchased ammonia detection equipment. The purchase was offset by $3,000 contributed by local industries.

The police department replaced its telephone equipment.

On the flip side, there was a slight increase in revenues not anticipated. The contractor for the Grandview Community Center reimbursed the city $22,000 when the project was completed.

The equipment rental fund also took a larger hit than was estimated when the 2012 budget was adopted. Due to increased fuel costs and maintenance supplies, said Myers, the ending fund balance will be $46,000 less than was estimated last year.

The Grandview City Council approved the 2012 budget amendment by unanimous consent.

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