SHERIDAN — After a half-dozen meetings over the last couple weeks to discuss city financial projections, it took the Sheridan City Council mere minutes Monday to approve the $13.8 million general fund budget for fiscal year 2016.
The city instituted a biennium budget last year, so the latest approval came in the form of two budget revisions with new one-year projections.
Aside from its general fund, the city anticipates spending $8.9 million in special revenues, $12.9 million in enterprise funds and $126,000 toward debt service in 2016. This makes revised 2016 appropriations $35.8 million.
The city estimates finishing in the black, with $36.8 million in proposed revenues, including $14.9 in general fund revenues, $8.9 million in special revenues and $12.9 million in enterprise funds.
Of the revised general fund, approximately 73 percent is allocated for staff.
Other large expenses, by department, include: police ($3.9 million), fire ($1.7 million), streets ($6.1 million), solid waste administration ($2.3 million), waste collection ($1.3 million), landfill ($1.2 million), recycling ($1.1 million), water and sewer administration ($2.1 million), wastewater treatment ($1 million), capital projects ($2.7 million) and parks ($1.3 million).
In other business:
- The city applied for a $250,000 Transportation Alternative Program grant to extend the southern pathway from Sheridan College property on Dome Loop Road to Woodland Park Road. TAP is funded through the Federal Highway Administration. The estimate to build the 5,595 feet of 10-foot-wide concrete pathway with lighting comes to $548,670, which would be covered by the TAP grant and Optional One-Cent Sales Tax funds.
- Council approved an application for another grant, this time in the amount of $200,000 through the Wyoming Department of Transportation’s Congestion Mitigation/Air Quality Funding for a new street sweeper. The city plans to trade in its 2009 Elgin Sweeper (estimated value: $5,000) for the new $285,000, four-wheeled regenerative air sweeper.
- Councilors unanimously OK’d an agreement between the city and WYDOT to reconstruct West Fifth Street from Mydland Road to Soldier Creek Road. The updated cost of that project is $4.2 million. It should go to bid later in 2015 with construction to begin in 2016.
- The Council reappointed Ryan Mulholland and Jim Schellinger to the Sheridan Travel and Tourism Board through June 30, 2016. Mark Demple also earned an appointment to that board.
- Councilors approved the permit for the annual WYO Rodeo Street Dance.