BRAWLEY — The City Council here unanimously approved a newly drafted balanced budget for fiscal year 2013-2014 during Tuesday night’s council meeting.
Considering several proposed changes and two capital projects, the city reached a balanced budget for the next fiscal year, with a total recommended budget projected at about $61.6 million, according the city staff report.
The overall budget included measures to restore the city’s fire marshal position and freeze five city positions. The positions being frozen include a parks supervisor position, two vacant police officer positions and two vacant maintenance worker positions, according to the city staff reports.
The budget also proposed replacing a temporary mechanic’s assistant position with a permanent mechanic and maintaining a temporary street sweeper operator position until an outsourcing alternative is fully evaluated by the council, according to the report.
The budget was created following three public workshops.
The city also approved the audited financial statements for the year 2011-2012 conducted by the Certified Accounting Firm of Christy White Associates.
“The goal in any finding is to have it accomplished by the next fiscal audit,” Finance Director Ruby Wallace told the council. “That’s what we try to achieve in our management response.”
The audit ultimately found that the city’s financial statements were presented fairly, according to the report.
“This was a particularly intensive process and I think all of us were pleased to see the outcome; that we do properly account for funds in the city of Brawley,” City Manager Rosanna Bayon Moore said.
To view a copy of the city audit and budget visit ivpressonline.com
Staff Writer Celeste Alvarez can be reached at 760-337-3442 or at email@example.com