LITTLE FALLS -- The Little Falls City Council during its planning meeting Monday received its first preliminary report on which departments are over budget and by how much. The preliminary numbers are based on what the city has spent this year through March.
Lori Kasella, city finance officer, said in an earlier phone interview Monday, that the budget projections are early in the year and are not reliable. She said several of the departments are over budget because of seasonal work. She said the departments most likely will not spend at the same pace for the rest of the year.
One of the departments that spent a majority of its budget in the first three months is the snow removal department.
Kasella, who did not attend the planning meeting, said the city spent $54,578 in the first three months of the year. Kasella said the city budgeted $77,598 for snow removal.
The golf course fund is projected to be $99,440 over budget at the end of the year based solely on its expenditures and revenue in the first three months of this year. Kasella said the golf course has not opened for business yet to generate revenue.
The Linden Hill fund is projected to be $77,421 over budget at the end of the year based on its expenditures and revenue in the first three months. Kasella said this fund usually spends more money for advertising and on utilities in the beginning of the year. Kasella said these costs are usually not as high in the later months.
Other departments over budget include the police department, which is projected to be $55,582 over budget by the end of the year; building department projected to be $37,003 over budget; accounting and auditing $23,280; traffic signs and street lights $4,213; city attorney $1,534; city hall $1,125 and library $1,021.
Little Falls City Administrator Richard Carlson said even though there were 10 departments over budget in the first three months, there also were many departments in the general fund that were under budget.
The revenues in the general fund in the first three months were $3,483,653 and the expenditures were $3,453,259, which shows a surplus of $30,394.
Most of the departments that were over budget are part of the general fund. The general fund does not include the library, Linden Hill and the golf course, said Carlson.
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