CLINTON — With the end Clinton city budget process for Fiscal Year 2019 drawing nearer, the Clinton City Council this week approved a budget for the General Fund for the upcoming fiscal year.

According to data compiled by Clinton Finance Director Anita Dalton, the fund for FY 2019 will be operating with expected revenues of $16,409,633. This is an increase in revenues from FY 2018, which were calculated at $15,968,113.

A majority of those revenues are expected to come from property taxes and the property tax levy, with $12,931,994 expected. The remaining income is slated for items such as general licenses and permits, the state hotel/motel tax, Building and Neighborhood Services revenues, ambulance revenues, among several other areas, Dalton’s information states.

For FY 2019, according to Dalton, the General Fund’s expenses will slightly outweigh its revenues, however.

The finance director is budgeting for $16,587,128 in outgoing monies for the fiscal year, up from $16,235,584 in FY 2018 and $15,325,388 in FY 2017.

A majority of those expenses are set to come from public safety entities such as the Clinton Police Department and Clinton Fire Department. Officials are budgeting for $5,984,025 and $4,834,177 to finance those departments respectively for FY 2019.

Other significant expense areas, according to Dalton, are expected to be the Clinton Public Library, Parks and Recreation services, the salaries and wages of various city employees, Building and Neighborhood Services costs, among others.

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