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Galveston City Council Workshop
by John David Suayan with photos courtesy G-TV
Thursday, August 10, 2017

Galveston City Council, during its workshop today, discussed the draft budget for Fiscal Year 2018. Listen (58:25)

Finance Director Mike Loftin begin the presentation by acknowledging Budget Administrator Debbi Pierce for her work on the process, as well as went over the remaining dates on the timeline.

“We all owe Debbi a debt of gratitude and thanks for what she’s done over the years,” he said.

Loftin said the budget format is more transparent. He stated that there is a -1.75 percent difference between the budget totals for FY18 and FY17.

With a projected revenue of $118.2 million, a majority of the funds will come from property taxes and water and sewer charges. City personnel will receive approximately 50 percent of the money.

Per Loftin, there will be a nearly $10,000 difference between FY18 personnel cost and those of other departments in the previous FY.

City Manager Brian Maxwell said the budget is a “living document.”

“That’s why you get quarterly updates,” said Maxwell. “That’s why try to be transparent as we can. This is not a ‘said it and forget it’ document.”

All members were present. Workshop Agenda

Coverage of the Council's regular afternoon meeting will be published on Friday.




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