The final budget vote will come at a future meeting in April. (photo by Zach Dietmeier/WJBC)
By Zach Dietmeier
BLOOMINGTON - After five weeks of examination the Bloomington city budget is ready for another look.
The Bloomington City Council is ready to present it updated budget for fiscal year 2014. Assistant City Manager Barb Adkins says an added focus on infrastructure was available in the finalized total of $169.4 million.
“We’re pretty comfortable with what we have shared in draft form,” Adkins said. “We’re very pleased that we’re able to allot $4 million for street resurfacing as well as sidewalks.”
Adkins said more importantly the budget won’t cause a tax increase.
“We do know we are in the process of doing numerous master studies in different areas,” Adkins said. “This year was just wanted to be status quo as much as possible living within the means we do have monetarily.”
The budget process has grown longer over the last five years due to increased efforts of government transparency.
“Our narratives are much more detailed because we really want our citizens to see the dollar value and what we expect them to be,” Adkins said. “I think it makes for a better read than in previous years.”
A public budget hearing on the updates will be held during the 7 p.m. meeting at City Hall. Adkins says the council hopes to make an approval at the April 8 meeting.