SALEM - City council passed the 2009 budget with total appropriations of $26,425,489 during a special meeting on Tuesday.
Auditor Jim Armeni said $12.3 million was in water and waste water fund appropriations which were about $6 million higher than last year in anticipation of some big expenditures.
Overall, Armeni said, "I think we're fortunate in this area to have a balanced budget and have people employed, and for the remainder of the year we'll be watching."
Armeni pointed to budget problems in other area communities.
"We're juggling numbers from one line to the other."
The general fund was placed at $5.6 million, or about $40,000 less than last year, he said, noting that some department funds were up due to collective bargaining agreements that saw wage increases and increases in pensions, both in the employee and employer contributions.
The police department budget was set at $1,871,459, up about $72,000 from 2008 with $1,736,577 going for personnel.
The fire department budget was set at $1,264,5252, or about $80,000 more than a year ago with $1,129,613 going fro personnel.
Personnel services budgets (wages) for other city offices and departments showed the auditor's office at $157,286; mayor's office $70,457; treasurer's office $8,296; law director's office $100,252; director of service and safety office $82,796; city council $45,148; income tax department $130,080; parks department $298,587; housing inspection $50,946; Housing, planning and zoning $71,836; street lighting $51,271; traffic safety $63,802; water plant and grounds $433,200; water distribution $342,100; water administration $226,000; waste water plant $537,000.
Councilman Earl A. Schory II asked whether funding for the (deputy) safety director was was in the budget and Armeni said, "There's no funding in there."
He said the budget ordinance should be posted online shortly at www.salemcitycouncil.org.
The budget was passed with a 6-0 vote with Councilwoman Mary Ann Dzuracky absent.
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