The budget process will start soon for department heads and for members of the Garland City Council, who will have the final say in what projects will get the go ahead next year and what projects will be put on hold.
The council has until the end of June to get a budget passed for the 2014-15 fiscal year. Each member of the council is over a department in the city. Mayor Scott Coleman advised the council to meet with those departments and finalize a list of potential projects, as well as day to day costs.
The council also discussed applying for local grants such as the Community Development Block Grant and how to add that to their department’s budgets. Coleman also briefly discussed adding a new department that funds improvements to city facilities.
Councilman Kendall Kowallis brought up an important issue on the city’s monthly financial statement. Kowallis noticed adjustments being made for landlords with vacant apartments. He found that landlords were being credited for water and sewer when apartments weren’t being used.
“Tentatively, let’s get rid of that,” said Coleman.
Other members of the council agreed that the city should not be crediting back landlords for those months. They will check through past ordinances and resolutions to see if anything was added in the past allowing that credit. They will notify landlords about their decision to forgo those credits.
Matt Cutler with Garland City Parks reported the youth wrestling program is proving to be a success. Over 30 young wrestlers signed up for the program that feeds into Bear River High School’s wrestling program.
“Everybody really seemed to enjoy it,” Cutler said.
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