POSTED: Thursday, August 8, 2013 - 10:00am
UPDATED: Thursday, August 8, 2013 - 10:14am
Longview, TX — The Longview City Council will discuss for the first time a proposed $153.1 million budget during their regular meeting tonight.
The budget proposed July 30 by city staff includes a $61.2 million general fund.
It does not include any increase in property or sales taxes or water/sewer and sanitation rates.
“Let’s take some time and look over these numbers; determine needs versus wants, and make sure we have a good conservative budget again this year,” said Mayor Jay Dean after the budget was presented to prevent conversation at the council’s last meeting.
Highlights of the budget include:
•$19.6 million of general fund spending on the police department.
•$18.1 million of general fund spending on the fire department
•$5.96 million of general fund spending on parks and operations.
•$5.04 million in general fund spending for streets and traffic.
•$950,000 for a one time purchase to replace the Longview Fire Department’s Ladder Truck 5
•$1.54 million allotted for continued street maintenance
•$317,000 for an additional frontline ambulance and crew
•$1.05 million allotted to bring all workers up to a market average compensation for their duties
•$3.57 million left in the general fund balance above the required 10 percent reserves usable by budget amendment.
•A revamped sanitation collection plan that would give each resident 95-gallon garbage and recycling carts but would shift collection to one time per week.
Read more  from the Longview News-Journal.