Council approves $52.7 million tentative budget

A $52.7 million tentative budget – about $4 million higher than the current fiscal year – was approved routinely by the Kingman City Council Monday.

The East Golden Gate Improvement District accounts for a major share in the increase in the budget for 2001-2002, Financial Services Director Roger Swenson said after the meeting.

The new fiscal year starts July 1.

However, he said property owners in the district will pay off the costs of improvements such as water, streets and sewer through assessments.

The district is located east of Andy Devine Avenue and includes Louise and Pasadena avenues.

Swenson said the budget is balanced, and said the next step is for the council to adopt a final budget on July 16.

The tentative budget drew praise from Councilman Tom Spear.

"I think we have a good, workable budget," he said after the meeting.

"It gives us a lot of projects that we want to accomplish – finishing Stockton Hill Road.

We've got sidewalk projects.

"We are taking in an improvement district (Golden Gate), and we still have room for cash reserves, which is important to keep the city financially sound," Spear continued.

The tentative budget for 2001-2002 calls for spending:

• $22.2 million from the general fund for police, fire, community development and numerous other departments;

• About $12.5 million in enterprise funds, which pay for water, sewage treatment and sanitation;

• About $7.6 million in special revenue funds, including about $4.5 million in the Highway Users Revenue Fund.

• More than $7.1 million in total construction funds, including $4.2 million for improvements for the East Golden Gate district;

• Nearly $1.7 million in total debt services funds, which cover debt for several improvement districts and other debt;

• More than $1.6 million in internal services, which include the motor pool and insurance.

Besides approving the tentative budget, the council:

• Approved new fees for the use of Cerbat Cliffs Golf Course and extended the contract with golf pro Paul Mowry for two years.

• Awarded an indigent defense contract to Billy Sipe for $65,000 for the next fiscal year.

• Sold more than 11 acres at the Kingman Airport Industrial Park for $398,125 to the Lower Buckeye Development LLC, the development arm of Interstate Group LLC.

Interstate plans to own and operate a factory that manufactures cargo trailers.

• Bought two lots, for a total of $5,000, to expand a domestic violence shelter operated by the Kingman Aid to Abused People.

• Met behind closed doors to review the performance of City Magistrate Kathy McCoy.