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July 26, 2012 I The Lovell Chronicle I 19 BY DAVID PECK The Lovell Town Coun- cil in June passed a 2012- 13 fiscal year budget that closely resembles last year's budget for the fiscal year that ended June 30. Considering the bud- get at the June 12 meeting, the council passed the new budget totaling $8,793,099, down about $675,000 from last year's budget of $9,467,494. This year's budget pro- cess took a lot of trimming and tweaking, Town Clerk/ Treasurer Valerie Beal said, because revenue re- mained tight - oddly - be- cause the town business sector picked up, resulting in more sales tax revenue. That set of events led to the town rising above the bot- tom level of so-called "hard- ship" funding from the State of Wyoming based on sales tax income. "We ended up with less funding coming in from the state from supplemental funding because sales tax was up," Beal said. "Under the formula we were always on the bottom tier, but two counties dropped into the lowest tier and our sales tax went up, which bumped us up a tier and reduced our supplemental funding." The town budgeted $372,302 last year for antici- pated state sales tax income but received $495,703. Be- ing cautious, the town bud- geted $445,000 for the new fiscal year, an increase of a little more than $70,000. The town also budgeted $310,356 in county option sales tax last year and re- ' ceived $429,259, then bud- geted $360,000 for 2012-13, an increase of $50,000. Budgeting about $120,000 in additional sales tax revenue for the new fiscal year is offset by the loss of the state sup- plemental funding distri- bution mentioned by Beal, which at about $220,000 is down about $177,000 from last year's distribution of $396,7OO. Other sources of rev- enue in the town general fund are budgeted to be up slightly from a year ago, and the town is budget- ing $175,000 to be taken from reserves for a street chip-sealing project, re- sulting in budgeted rev- enues in the general fund totaling $1,979,803 - up from last year's budget of $1,923,092 but down from last year's actual revenue of $2,192,570. "The council wanted to be sure we could complete the chip sealing," Beal said in reference to the money budgeted from reserves. "They're still a little hesi- tant to go fully up to what we received this year (in revenue)." On the expenditures side of the budget broken down by department, Beal said the administration budget is up from $515,167 in 2011-12 to $635,853 in '12-13, mostly due to $286,000 being transferred to capital improvements including a $100,000 down payment for a street sweeper, with the town fi- nancing the rest of the purchase; $27,500 for the Foster Gulch Golf Course, down from $35,000 last year; $28,000 for a new po- lice vehicle; $5,000 for spe- cial projects and $125,816 for the chip-sealing proj- ect as the match for nearly $250,000 in county consen- sus grant money coming from the State Loan and Investment Board. The chip-sealing project is for streets north of Main Street. Beal said salaries in ad- ministration are budgeted to be down $55,000 because of a new system she is us- ing to better reflect actual time spent on certain du- ties, for instance transfer- ring time spent on water billing to the actual water budget. The new administra- tion budget also includes $1,800 in 2012 election ex- penses paid to the coun- ty, $2,500 in security im- provements to the dispatch center, $5,000 to help re- model the emergency man- agement building near the annex, $70,000 for econom- ic development including $60,000 for Lovell Inc. and $10,000 for a Planned Unit Development plan for se- nior housing and $22,500 for area promotion and de- velopment: $2,500 to the senior center, $3,000 to the chamber of commerce, $500 to the town website, $1,500 for Main Street flowers, $2,500 to Mustang Days, $1,000 to the Friends of Bighorn Lake, $7,500 to the Lovell-Kane Museum, $3,500 for preparation for the sixth-cent sales tax election and bonding and $500 for miscellaneous. Here's a look at oth- er General Fund depart- ments: Police and fire -- $882,532, down from $938,048 a year ago. The budget includes $2,000 for investigation expense, $3,950 for maintaining the new RIMS dispatch- ing software, $5,500 for equipment and supplies (down $700) and $7,200 for equipment maintenance, among various line items. Fuel and service for police vehicles is up $3,000 to '$20,000, and salaries are up $5,000 to $485,103. The budget includes $12,500 for new equipment. Street and alleys -- $176,224, down from $178,343 last year. Salaries are steady, and the budget includes $5,000 for equip- ment maintenance, an in- crease of $1,400 for vehicle fuel and service, $5,000 to repair a dump truck gear, $7,000 for street repair and $1,100 for equipment pur- chases, down from $12,000 a year ago. Mosquito control -- $33,826, down from $35,000 in 2011-12. Parks and recre- ation -- $213,909, down from $219,245. The budget includes $6,000 for a con- tract to clean park facili- ties and $9,800 in equip- ment purchase including a new mower and $1,800 for three picnic tables. Community center -- $22,623, up from $22,075 a year ago. Capital Improve- ments budget for 2012- 13 is $1,037,621, up from $843,341 a year ago and includes $9,450 to wrap up the Lovell Inc. build- ing renovation project, nearly $375,000 for the street chip-sealing project, $482,661 to demolish the old hospital, $138,000 in equipment purchases and $5,000 for the heating sys- tem at the animal control shelter. The Construction Ac- count budget for the on- going water and sewer infrastructure project was set at $4,395,396, down from $5,336,657, and includes $20,000 for le- gal expenses related to the lawsuits concerning the North Phase of the project, $1,028,667 for payments to the USDA Rural Utilities Service for the North and Southeast phases, much of which is still tied up in litigation pending a final settlement expected soon, $916,740 from RUS for the second half of the ongo- ing South Phase, $964,506 from SLIB for the South Phase, and the town's match for the South Phase of $599,600 and planning and engineering for the fi- nal Main Street Phase of the project: $660,500 from SLIB and $67,000 from the Wyoming Water Develop- ment Commission. The revolving Commu- nity Development Block Grant budget remains the same at $50,000, Beal said, noting that the loan to the Switchback Grill is just about paid off. The lodging tax bud- get remains the same at $7,500. 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