Dayton plans conservative FY14 overall budget

SHERIDAN — Dayton Town Council will conduct its first reading of the Fiscal Year 2014 budget at its regularly scheduled meeting Wednesday.

A work session to discuss preliminary figures for the budget was held April 30. The third and final reading will be held at the June 19 council meeting.

Town Clerk Linda Lofgren described the budget as conservative.

“You always hope to maintain, but it’s not looking really great, so we’re being conservative,” she said.

General Fund income is projected to be $615,550, which is up $85,550 from last year’s proposed income of $530,000.

Proposed expenses for FY2014 are set at $710,250 for maintenance, general operations at town hall, the swimming pool, the parks and the fire department.

“Expenses are always higher than revenues because we always budget high,” Lofgren said. “If we do go over revenues, we take money out of reserves to cover it.”

Funds from water, sewer and garbage fees for service are expected to be the same as last year.

Dayton will retain its same staff and services — including the swimming pool and community center — but every department did trim its budget. Most projects were put on hold, Lofgren said, partly to conserve funds and partly because Dayton roads, bridges and water systems have been under construction throughout the last year and a break is needed.

One request — seal coating on one street at a cost of $14,000 — was made for Capital Facilities Tax funds.

Dayton will contribute $21,500 of Optional One-Cent Sales Tax funds to a variety of social service organizations: $500 to Northern Wyoming Mental Health, $500 to the Dog and Cat Shelter, $500 to the Chamber of Commerce, $500 to Sheridan County Conservation District, $500 to Juvenile Justice, $1,000 to the Advocacy and Resource Center, $1,000 to the Sheridan Health Center, $1,500 to Tongue River Child’s Place, $3,000 to Sheridan Senior Center and $12,500 to the Tongue River Valley Community Center.

Lofgren said some allocations were reduced from last year due to uncertainty about revenue amounts.

An annual 5 percent increase is built into rates for city services (water, sewer, etc.) and no additional rate increases are proposed.

The Dayton budget can be amended up to and through the third reading.

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Hannah Wiest is the government and outdoors reporter for The Sheridan Press. She has lived in Colorado and Montana but loves her sunny home state of Wyoming best. She joined The Press staff in February 2013.

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