Board members of the City of Whitehouse council unanimously approved a $9.9 million budget for the Fiscal Year 2017-18. That’s up by $1 million from the FY 2016-17. The budget is broken down into a general fund of $4.4 million, a utility fund of $3 million and other funds that total $2.5 million.
Major revenue for the general fund comes from property taxes, which bring in around $833,000 a year; sales taxes, which bring in around $750,000 a year; franchise fees, which generate approximately $280,000 a year; solid waste fees, with about $380,000 a year; and a transfer from the utility fund adds about $360,000 each year.
The utility fund has two significant sources of revenue – water and sewer. Water proceeds are projected to be around $1.9 million and sewer is estimated to be $790,000. The water rate will increase this year by 1.72 percent, while the sewer base rate will be a $2.00 increase. Although it is not in the utility fund, the garbage rate will also rise from $17.32 to $22.32.
Capital improvement projects and equipment purchases include $72,000 for an HVAC for the city hall, replacing the key fob system for $16,000, updates and HVAC over the fire station for $30,000 and $6,500 respectively. Also incorporated into the capital improvement projects is $210,000 for the REC center remodel and HVAC replacement at the REC center for $60,000.
The city council members unanimously adopted the proposed tax rate of $0.675207 per $100 of valuation. Other ordinances adopted by the council include:
• Amending and adopting certain water and wastewater fees
• Amending and adopting certain billing and collection fees
• Electing to participate in tax abatements agreements, and adopting guidelines and criteria.