Lincoln Council approves its largest budget ever for city
by Elsie Hodnett
LINCOLN — The City Council approved the FY 2013 budget at a called meeting Tuesday morning.

“This year’s budget is the largest ever for the city,” Mayor Lew Watson said.

Watson said this year’s budget revenues are expected to be $6,961,150 and expenses are expected to be $6,945,385, leaving the city with a surplus of $15,765.

He said last year’s budget estimated $6,474,432 in revenue and $6,471,707 in expenses, a difference of only $2,725.

“Costs of operations have increased this year,” he said. “Salary adjustments have been made for some of the employees who are at the lower end of the scale, those with an hourly rate less than $10 an hour and for a few whose duty requires a salary adjustment. This will be implemented in this pay period. Most employees are receiving a 50 cents per hour raise beginning the first pay period in January.”

Watson said this year’s budget includes increased Parks and Recreation Department funding for senior activities, and some renovation funds for the old lunch room and the park office (if it is worth renovating).

“No funding is included for the Lomar Project because we are waiting to see what the state will help us out with,” he said.

Watson said the budget also includes part-time help for the city’s magistrate and additional help for the building code official/animal control officer.

In other matters Tuesday, the council:

• Approved a motion to have a lease prepared for the next meeting so the American Legion can occupy the old depot in old downtown Lincoln.

• Approved an off premises only retail beer and off premises only retail table wine license for Higginbotham Oil Company Inc. doing business as Sunny Foods 39 located at 5955 Speedway Blvd., Eastaboga.

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