Why does it look like City employee's salaries went up significantly?
The change in the Salaries fund balance is due, in large part, to an accounting change in which Special Revenue Funds previously used to account for employee benefits were eliminated.
These expenditures are now recorded within the same fund and department as employee wages. This change provides a better picture of what actual personnel costs are for each department.
For FY20 budget wages include an average of 2% increase from the previous year.
Why does the City Manager need outside support services?
The City Manager has agreed to support the following outside agencies during the fiscal year. This line item is an account of those funds. These contributions include:
- $30,000 to fund MSU Economic Development agent (shared with Park Co.)
- $5,000 to fund Windrider Transit services
- $5,000 to fund the Spay/Neuter Clinic
Why did the Planning Department budget go up significantly?
At the request of the City Commission and Citizens, the City has budgeted for a growth policy in FY20. The cost of this study is anticipated to be approximately $75,000 and will be funded by a combination of private grants and donations, as well as general fund tax dollars.
What changed in Legal Services?
Due to an increase in court cases, the City has budgeted for support from a contract attorney. This change allows more time for the City Attorney to manage City legal matters.
What changed under Administrative Services?
With the exception of accounting for employee benefits, there were no significant changes to this department's budget. Certain costs related to part-time employees were shifted from instructor/official fees to salaries and wages.
This change provides a better picture of what actual personnel costs are for each department.
What changes took place under Central Communications?
The City, in conjunction with Park County, is transitioning its internet service from Charter to Blackfoot Communications. This upgrade will provide expanded bandwidth at several facilities and allow geographically separated facilities to connect back to the main servers for improved network services and the backup of data.
In addition, it will provide these facilities with the ability to connect to IP phones, significantly reducing phone costs compared to traditional business land lines.
Why the increase in Central Stores?
The City's existing server was purchased in 2012 and is nearing the end of its life, $9335 has been budgeted to replace this server in FY20.
Why did the Fire Department budget increase drastically?
In April 2019, Senate Bill 160 (Provide worker's compensation for presumptive diseases of firefighters) was approved by the Governor. This bill increased worker's compensation from 4.2% to 7.66% for a total cost increase of $16,454.
Where can I find the current Budget?
Click here to see the approved budget for FY20