Amherst News-Times, 2002-04-03
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See where the 'Hobos' have been — Page 4 Cheerleaders enjoy rewards j Amherst News-Tim o c x x r CC M (-■ o c 3 X - X 1- c m hh tri r- c a 3 — H > 0**«a, X • 3> i— r. <<■>•*•» » <s> I- CO o o WEDNESDAY, April 3, 2002 AMHERST, OHIO Council OKs flawed budget; interest income proves too low by AMY PERSINGER News-Times reporter The total of the budget that city council voted to adopt last Monday night was more than the revenue the city anticipates bringing in this year, according to city auditor Diane Eswine. Eswine said the $41,243,415 budget will not create a deficit because there is money left in the accounts from last year, but the city is going to have to find a way to increase revenue for the general fund. In a year when the city's general fund income is seriously hindered by plummeting interest rates, this year's entire budget, including revenue generating funds, is an increase of $13,496,196 over last year. About $10 million of that is for the construction of the new wastewater treatment plant. The city received a low interest loan from the stale for the completion of the projecL The revenue created by the sewer rate hike the city initiated will go to pay that loan. Eswine said that most of the budgeted expenses are labor costs. "Council cut as much as possible without cutting services," she said. The general fund is going to have to increase revenue." Council cut about $750,000 in expenditures, about $500,000 of that from the general fund, in budget hearings since August, according to mayor John Higgins. Eswine said she does not think that raising the taxes in the city is the way to go to improve the balance in the general fund. She said that one of the ways the city could bolster the fund would be to increase certain user fees for services that don't benefit the majority of the residents of the city and get them in line with what it actually costs the city to accomplish the service. One example of a fee versus actual cost discrepancy is the city cemetery. It costs a resident about $200 for a cemetery plot opening at one of the city's cemeteries. It costs the city more than that to do the job, so the difference comes out of the general fund. Councilmember Jennifer Wasilk had said previously that the general fund decreased in revenue due to the plummeting interest rates. The general fund depends heavily on the interest from various funds being deposited into the general fund. Eswine indicated about one fourth of the general fund revenue had been from interest from the other funds. Wasilk said that depending on the interest rates for the revenue to run the city isn't in the city's best interest. Eswine also said she would prefer not to fund the general fund from the interest of other funds. She said having the interest from individual accounts follow the fund is better accounting, but until the city decides to implement other procedures to bring in revenue they will work with what they have. General fundi expenses rose $863,254 this year to $5,196,186. There is an unencumbered balance of $1.5 million in the general fund and after $4.6 million in revenue comes in and $5.2 million goes out, there will be a balance of $973,000. "That's O.K.," said Eswine, "But it can't go on." The largest proposed expenditure in the general fund is the police department with a budget this year of CONTINUED on page 3 Easter on parade Youngsters of all sizes turned out Saturday morning for the annual Easter egg hunt at Maude Neiding Park. The event takes plenty of planning but lasts only minutes once the word to begin the hunt is sounded. The bunny was on hand as well for pictures; the event is sponsored by the Lions and Leo clubs. Community Chorus to stage concert to help fire victims A local group is sponsoring a concert which will be held on Sunday, April 28, 3 p.m. at the Palace Civic Center on Broadway to benefit victims of the Fairway Manor Apartment fire in Lorain. The Fairway Manor fire claimed all belongings of its residents. The benefit concert will be performed by the Amherst Community Chorus and is being held in conjunction with the Lorain Fire Department. John Handyside and the staff at the Palace are donating the use of the Palace for the performance. All proceeds from the concert will go directly into the Fairway Manor Apartments Fire Fund set up at Lorain National Bank and will be evenly distributed to the families who fell victim to the fire. The 80 voice chorus has members from Amherst, Berlin Heights, Brownhelm, Elyria, Grafton, Lorain, Vermilion and Westlake. The group is under the direction of Steve and Simone Gall of Amherst and is accompanied by Deborah LeSuer, also of Amherst General admission tickets are $10 and can be purchased by calling the Palace Civic Center box office, 245-2323, Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Free tickets will be given to the victims of the fire by the fire department It is the chorus's goal to sell the 1.363 seats available at the Palace. Don't worry: no extra cost for Indians game coverage Girt Scouts presenting the Beere family with a gift of a scouting quill Include (back) Kathryn Klement, Rubina Ratnaparkhi, Katie Passa- nisi, the Beeree. (front) Mara Mitchell and Katherine Aloway. Amherst residents will not have to pay extra to get their Indians baseball fix this summer. Contrary to a statement made by an ATT/Comcast representative last ATT/Comcast representative week, residents will not have to up- Mike Beat told residents at *e grade to digital cable to get all of Cable TV bearing held last Monday the Cleveland Indians baseball night that in order to get aD of the games on FoxSports Ohio. CONTINUED on paga 5 A little Faith in scouting what these girls promote Intrigue, questions, mystery fax surround contract deal by AMY On Monday, March 11, Faith Nikola, daughter of Herbert and Melissa Beere, was born at Community Health Partners Hospital in She waa the first baby girl born during Girl Scout Week; this year, rite Oil Scouts we celebrating their 90th birthday. Troops in the Sandstone Service Unit were given squares Cor their girls to decorate. The finished squares were then given to Mrs. Dodson and members of Cadette Troop #855 to sew together into a Paith, her parents, aad three- when she year-old sisler were presented with the special quilt on Tuesday, the day after she was bora. A btuket of baby goodies, and of course, Girl Scout cookies were also given to the family. The girls are hoping that Faith will join the world of scouting News-Times reporter . Benevolent Association by the chief of police, lonnie for the new police dispatcher/ snd the law director. but re- All six to Dillon city council's adoption of the police department's diqpaschen' contracts. 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|Title||Amherst News-Times, 2002-04-03|
|Date of Original||03-APR-2002|
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