City budget includes increase for fuel

CNJ staff

The city’s $33 million 2008-2009 preliminary budget is about $3 million less than a year ago because the city has less capital outlay funds, according to city Finance Director Don Clifton.

He said last year’s preliminary budget included construction projects such as the Clovis Area Transit facility that was completed in January.

The City Commission approved the preliminary budget Tuesday during a special meeting.

The preliminary budget, which does not include possible pay increases, also includes about $865,000 for fuel compared to $714,940 for last year.

Clifton said employee raises will be discussed after the fiscal year ends in June.

“We need to know how much money we have before we decide on pay raises,” he said.

City tax rates will stay the same, according to officials.

Clifton said the final budget will grow considerable when grants, capital outlay money, operating budget for the Civic Center, increases in salaries and economic development projects are added.

He said the final budget could be similar to last year’s $49 million budget.

Clifton said the city will approve the final budget in a special meeting at the end of July.