FY 2010-2011 Budget Special Session -- Public Hearing
Note: This agenda was amended Monday to add possible actions on the same budget. -- Ted 3pm 6/14/2010
6/15 2nd revision removed that action possibility.
The majority of the public hearing comments praised the Collinsville Main Street program which receives $12,000 city funding each year. It was also noted with the 2010 Census results Collinsville will likely go past the 5000 population mark which will move Collinsville out of the "small town" category and require a switch from a part-time CDI program manager to a full-time manager. That will require additional funding in future years.
Commissioner Pam Porter had no comment or questions during the hearing. Mayor Sallee and Commissioners Sink and York made positive comments on the local Main Street Program. Commissioner Davis was absent.
My comment (a recurring theme) was that it would have been a more meaningfull "public hearing" if the actual budget numbers had been released to the public before the hearing. A few copies of the packet were eventually handed out to those in attendance. It appeared the good sized crowd (compared to most city meeting) was there to show their support for continued city funding for Collinsville Downtown, Inc.
I also asked for clarification that the 2009 sales tax increase funded improvements were not reflected in the summary numbers above. The bond accounts were logged separately in the budget pages. For example the park budget actually went down compared to last year due to a retirement (and the new park improvements are tracked outside the park budget totals shown above.) And there was not a big spike in the police budget as the new jail was accounted for elsewhere.
On the revenue side, City Manager Pam Polk indicated the net sales tax income for this year has been down 9-10%. City utility revenues have saved Collinsville from problems (i.e. layoffs) like Tulsa and other cities relying mostly on sales tax funding. Polk indicated that potential sales tax increases from QuikTrip and related new businesses were not included in the 2010-2011 revenure estimates although that might begin before the end of the period. -- Ted Wright 6/16/2010