With revenue sources growing, the Tomball City Council unanimously passed a larger budget for the upcoming fiscal year, during their regular meeting Aug. 5.
City Manager George Shackelford told council that increasing sales tax revenues for the current year were the cause for more than $1 million in extra revenue for this year. Based on that, city staff went to work and came up with a conservative estimate for revenues in 2013-14.
The general revenue fund, which funds police, fire and most city offices will have a budget of a little more than $17 million, up from $16 million in 2012-13. The enterprise fund, which funds all sewer, water and gas projects, is $10.9 million.
"All the funds are balanced and in the black," Shackelford said.
Shackelford said that staff is requesting to keep the tax rate flat this fiscal year as well.
"The tax rate is proposed to stay the same this year," he said.
The new budget calls for a three percent pay raise for city employees. The city will also absorb a three percent increase in employees medical insurance premiums, with another projected hike of four percent in January of 2014, due to fees and premiums associated with the federal health care act.
The budget passed unanimously and is set for final clearance at the next council meeting Aug. 19.
Also on the agenda was an item to set up a community advisory committee to review the city's charter. The board hired Don Edmonds, of Edmonds & Associates to advise the committee and help guide them in their review.
Council agreed to appoint a total of 13 members to the new committee; two by each council member and three from the mayor. They must be residents of the city.
Council also approved the accepting of a grant from the Tomball Regional Health Foundation for $320,000 to purchase and install special traffic equipment. The equipment will allow emergency vehicles to control traffic signals in an emergency situation, allowing them to move through traffic more efficiently and safely.
"It increases the ability of emergency vehicles to go through these intersections in a more safe manner," said Tomball Fire Chief Randy Parr.
The next council meeting is set for Aug. 19, at 6 p.m.