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City’s 2014 budget available for review

The 2014 proposed budget for the city of Sunnyside has been posted to the city’s website without an explanation of details, but the city council will soon be holding a number of meetings to nail down the numbers and make sure all council members understand where the city’s finances stand.

The proposed budget, prepared by Sunnyside Finance Director David Layden, can be downloaded from the website by going to “Departments” and selecting “Finance,” then “City Finances,” then “Budgets and Monthly Status Reports”. It is available in PDF, which is a common internet format.

The budget is divided into three sections. The first section shows the city’s expenses. Four columns of information are given for each fund; the 2013 budget, the 2013 year-to-date; the 2013 year end estimate; and the 2014 budget in the final column.

The accounting for the city’s general fund is further broken down into departments, but a total is available halfway down the first page of expenses that shows the city’s budget of more than $8.9 million in 2013 has risen to nearly $9.5 million in 2014.

Another jump is in the streets fund, which is going from $2.9 million in 2013 to $6.3 million in 2014. Most of the extra money is coming from grants, as can be seen in the revenue section of the budget.

The second section of the budget provides the city’s cash balance. This provides an idea of how much money is in each fund to start the new fiscal year and what the funds will look like at the end of the year. This section includes two columns, both only estimates. One shows 2013 and the other 2014.

The final section of the document shows the city’s revenues by fund. Some funds are broken down further by revenue source, including the general fund.

This section shows the city expected revenues of more than $8.8 million for 2013, and now expects revenues to reach nearly $9.3 million by the end of this year. The proposed budget projects nearly $9.5 million in revenue next year.

The street fund shows an estimated $5.2 million in grants will be awarded to Sunnyside in 2014 for the major projects the city has planned for the next year.

Layden indicated on the preliminary budget that the goal of the city is to have city council approve the budget this November.

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