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Thursday, February 14, 2013 N/Warren Town and County News Page Eleven MARKETA OLIVER Concluded from p. 1 Q Misc., $5257,222, 1.8% [] Charges for Fees & Service, $4,082,200, 28.63% II Property Taxes, [] Use of Money and $4,224,230, 29.63% Property, $75,750, 0.53% TIF Revenues, $1,786.621, 20% Other City Taxes, $305,807,2.15% [] Licenses & Other Financing Permits, $158,500, Sources, $1,731,060, 1.11% Intergovernmental 12.14% $1,021,500, 7.17% FY 14 Total Revenues (All Funds) The total expenditures in all funds and all categories proposed for Fiscal,Year 2014 are $14,317,170. This includes $906,764 for capital improvements and $438,175 for capital equipment. FY' 14 Total Expenditures (All Funds) Public Safety Community and Economic $2,512,831,17.55% Development (CED) $960,466, 6.71% Transfers "", Public Works $1,731,060,12.09"/o. " /J $1,377,080, 9.62% Health and Social Services i $10,150, 0.59*,6 " Business Type Activi6es J Debt Service $3,517,490, 24.57% $2,021,991,14.12,6 / , / "-- // _ Cultm and R General Government// Capital Projcls $1,137,403, 7.94% $581,247, 4.13% $457,452, 3.2% Capital Updates This City is winding down a number of large capital projects but gearing up to work on others. The fiber project (connecting city and Norwalk school facilities with fiber optics) was a unique opportunity the City had to become connected and part- ner with the schools. This process saves our local taxpayers the cost of an entirely duplicated system. The new fiber system also accomplished another couple of chal- lenges including that of connecting the new Public Works facility to the school as well as other City facilities and connecting the communication system for the up- graded emergency dispatch project. The project is substantially complete and the punch list has been finished. The Westcom project is also winding down. The transition has occurred as planned and with only one major milestone left, the project should wrap up in May or June. All Police cars and Fire apparatus have added mobile data and now have access to can and map information. Included in the FY 14 budget are projects such as seal coating County Line Road; continued support of sump pump removal, manhole rehabilitation, Lakewood lift station building High Road water loop, meter pit maintenance/replacement, Fire hydrant replacement, water meter change out, replacement of street lights, traffic light street name project, basketball court resurfacing, adult sports field resurfacing and irrigation and the much-needed reconstruction of Sunset trail. There is also fund- ing to begin the Sunset (Highway 28) Streetscaping effort to beautify the City's entryways, design and build an entryway sign and undertake tree replacement on Cherry Parkway and Ash Tree replacement. The City anticipates nearly a $35,000 reduction in health care costs for the plan year. (Please note the savings was approximately $90,000 over what we would have paid had the City not made some plan design changes.) Because the health care plan year is from December to December, a portion of the savings would be realized in both FY 13 and FY 14. The City's wellness committee works on programming to educate employees on healthy lifestyle choices to reduce insurance usage and $12,000 is budgeted for wellness programs, including funds for capital equipment. Policy Initiatives One of the major policy initiatives included in this budget is the implementation of a rental inspection program. This program would require rental properties to be inspected on a regular basis for life, health and safety issues. This program would be administered and handled through the Fire Department, who has also recently be- gun commercial inspections. The budget has funding to begin a focused beauti:ication effort and do some plan- ning for community aesthetic enhancement along otr entryways and along the City's main transportation corridor. Benchmarking City staff members are continually looking for ways to enhance efficiency and reduce costs. Following is a graph benchmarking Norwalk's budgeted General Fund expenditures for FY 13 compared to those of surrounding and comparable commu- nities. g. : g. The problem with cats is that they get the exact same look on their face whether they see a moth or an axe murderer. -Paula Poundstone The cat could very well be man's best friend but would never stoop to admitting it. -Doug Larson $600:i $5ooi $4001 $300 $20O $1ooi $o! Norwalk Per Capita General Fund Expenditures Carlisle Indianola Norwalk Nevada Hiawatha Pleasant Cimes North Hill Liberty Cities in Warren County Comparable Cities Tax Rate/Residential Rollback The projected tax rate is $15.69000 per $1,000 of taxable valuation. This rate is the same as last year. Combined with the residential rollback rate of 52.8166%, the aver- age homeowner in Norwalk will pay a total of $1,458.90 in City property taxes, which is $36.83 above the 2013 amount of $1,421.57. The stability of the City levy rate and the amount of taxes a property owner will actually pay is a primary objective in our budgeting. With the City property taxes of $1,458.90, this means that for approxi- mately $121 per month, the citizens and visitors of Norwalk receive 24 hour Police and Fire protection; emergency medical services; renovated recreational facilities and additional parks programming; road repair and reconstruction; utility assistance for those in need; capital projects upgrading the infrastructure they use every day; snow removal; and a host of other services and protections. The most common question received about the City's budget is a misconception that the City can use any of its funds for any project it wishes. The opposite is actu- ally the reality. Most of the City's funds are "restricted" and can be used only for specific purposes. The City's "General Fund" is the fund that is the largest, unre- stricted fund and supports the City's public safety and planning operations. If you have questions about the City's proposed budget, please do not hesitate to contact the City Manager, Marketa Oliver or the City Clerk, Jeff Rosien at 981-0228. Activities at the NORWALK 10St North Ave. 981-0217 Monday, Feb. 18 Family Night, 6-8 p.m. Bring the whole family along for Family Nights at the Library! This month we will be watching Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs (PG) and have fun with dinosaur stickers. Tuesday, Feb. 19 Job Search @ Your Library, 10 a.m.-12 p.m. Library Assistants will help patrons with questions and even schedule one-on-one tutoring between 10 a.m. and noon every Tuesday until June, in the computer area of the library. Pre-School Story Time, 10:30-11 a.m. For 3-6 year-aids, join us for stories, finger plays, songs and flannel boards! Parents, expect some interaction with your little ones and some helpful tips on early literacy skills you can use at home. This storytime is also a good fit for parents attending with several children and for daycare groups. Wednesday, Feb. 20 Wee Ones Story Time, 10:30-11 a.m. For infants to 18 months, join us for lapsit stories, finger plays and songs! Parents: expect full interaction with your little ones and some helpful tips on early literacy skills you can use at home. This storytime is designed for-a one-one or one-two parent to child ratio. Card Club, 6:30-7:30 p.m. Play cards! Learn and teach new card games or form a foursome to play your favorite game. This group will meet monthly. Cards provided. Thursday, Feb. 21 Toddler Time, 10:30-11 a.m. Join us for stories, finger plays, songs and flannel boards! Parents: expect lots of interaction with your little ones and some helpful tips on early literacy skills you can use at home. American Girl Club, 3:30-4:30 p.m. Join us for crafts, games and stories. 2nd grade and up. (Participants do not need an American Girl Doll to attend.) Computer Clinic, 4-6 p.m. A technology assistant will answer questions every Thursday at our drop-in clinic in the computer area! If you need more than a few minutes, schedule an appointment for a one-on-one session. BOWLING VARSITY BOYS AND GIRLS Sub-State 2/16 TBD TBA State Meet 2/21 1:00 p.m. TBA BOYS VARSITY BASKETBALL SCHEDULE 2/14 7:45 p.m. Adel-DeSoto-Minburn CSD at Norwalk HS 2/18 TBD TBA 2/21 TBD TBA 2/26 7:00 p.m. TBA GIRLS VARSITY BASKETBALL SCHEDULE Regional Tournament 2/16 TBD TI3A Regional Tournament 2/19 TBD TBA