City of Lincoln
2011-12 Mayor Recommended Operating Budget
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Approved Budget Changes
The City Council voted to make the following changes to the Mayor's proposed budget:
- Restore StarTran's Saturday hours by increasing revenue by $55,000 and finding $146,923 in other saving or cuts in the StarTran budget.
- Restore $200,000 in funding for the Lincoln Partnership for Economic Development with $106,267 from the Fast Forward Fund and $93,733 in unallocated funds resulting from previous Council actions.
- Delay implementation of the wheel tax increase from September 1 to October 1.
- Restore Friday and Sunday library hours with $264,683 from cash reserve fund* and $28,985 from Lancaster County - total $293,668.
- Add $1 million to Parks Capital Improvement Program (CIP) from two sources:
- Transfer $748,000 from the street construction CIP to snow removal, freeing General Fund money for Parks.
- Transfer $252,000 from cash reserve fund*.
- Restore funding for Air Park Fire Station with $447,242 from cash reserve fund* and transfer of $400,000 in Lincoln Fire and Rescue's miscellaneous contractual costs to personnel costs.
*The cash reserve fund includes $2.2 million — $1.7 million from anticipated Verizon settlement and $500,000 from LES cost shift. Council proposals would use $963,925.
The Council also approved four changes proposed by the Beutler Administration:
- Return $1.7 million street light cost to General Fund, to be funded with $1.7 million in LES Return of Equity Revenue.
- Miscellaneous reduction in tax-funded budget - $96,946.
- Increase funding for S.W. 40th Viaduct by $3 million in CIP, to be funded with additional $3 million appropriation from Railroad Transportation Safety District - no impact on tax-funded budget.
- Miscellaneous reductions in non-tax funds - $21,000.
The City Council is scheduled to adopt the budget at its 3 p.m. meeting Monday, August 22.