It totals mroe than $135-million.
Tonight (Thurs.) is decision time for the proposed fiscal year 2014 budget for the City of Frederick. The Board of Aldermen is scheduled to decide on the spending plan, which totals $135.9-million.
Mayor Randy McClement presented his budget in March. He says it reflected his priorities for the city. "The priorities were public works, public safety and economic development," he says. "And the items in the budget that I presented fell along those three priorities lines."
He also says it wasn't easy drafting a spending plan. Even though the country is slowly emerging from the "Great Recession," McClement says it still had an impact as he was putting together the budget. "We're seeing some indications that we're getting a little bit better," he says. "My stance is we don't want to take that as 'hey look, we're out of it.' We're definitely not out of it."
He says the biggest challenge was providing law enforcement services to citizens. "Public safety, and trying to make sure we continue to have enough officers on the streets is a challenge," says Mayor McClement.
Since the spending plan was drafted, the Mayor says some of the proposals were "tweaked" a little. During Tuesday night's budget workshop, he says he and the Aldermen discussed some amendments to the spending plan. "The amendments came along the lines of listening to the Aldermen, some of the things they were interested in trying to move around a little bit. Some of them were requests from citizens who would like to see things added."
He says the proposed 4% merit pay increase for civilian employees remains in the budget, along with a 4% step pay raise for police officers.
The Mayor says he expects things to go smoothly on Thursday night. The meeting begins at 7:00 PM.
In addition to the budget, the Aldermen will also vote on the property tax rate. The Mayor has proposed keeping the rate for accessible real property at 0.732 cents per $100 of assessed value, and the rate for business personal property at $1.55 per $100 of assessed value.