City of Greenville approves ‘most difficult’ budget

By Kelli Ameling • Last Updated 11:14 am on Wednesday, June 19, 2013

The Greenville City Council discussed many items on Tuesday night’s agenda during its meeting. Pictured from left to right is Councilman Brian Greene, Councilman Larry Moss, Councilman Lloyd Scoby, City Manager George Bosanic, Mayor John Hoppough, Mayor Pro Tem Frances Schuleit, Councilman Mark Lehman and Councilwoman Jeanne Cunliffe. — Daily News/Kelli Ameling

GREENVILLE — The Greenville City Council approved the proposed budget for 2013-2014 on Tuesday.

During the council’s regular meeting, a public hearing was held and the council made the decision to approve the proposed budget.

“This is the most difficult year we have in the 22 years I have been here,” said City Manager George Bosanic.

The council held a public hearing regarding the budget to give Greenville residents a chance to comment. However, no residents commented.

Bosanic addressed the council, highlighting the highs and lows discussed at the budget meetings in May.

“We have not had to lay off in the past, but we are at that point,” Bosanic said.

Currently, there are no public safety officers being laid off, but some services, such as brush and leaf pickup, are being eliminated.

“This will go into effect on July 15,” Bosanic said. “Some other departments are being affected once the budget takes effect as well.”

The proposed budget, which will begin July 1, 2013, and end June 30, 2014, will show the effects of the loss of United Solar Ovonic, the reduction in personal property taxes and the decline in revenue sharing. According to Bosanic, this leaves the city with maintaining what it has with fewer dollars.

The budget that was approved, estimates the general fund having the fund balance of $1,161,463 for the 2013-2014 fiscal year.

The general fund supports most of the traditional city functions including police, fire, engineering, administration, planning and more.

Fiscal year 2013-2014 will be the third year city staff will see a wage freeze. With the recent move of the assistant city manager to Plainfield Township, Bosanic said he contemplated not filling the position. However, he would have to hire someone to fill some of the needs of the positions and decided to move forward with the hiring of a new assistant city manager to help develop economic growth within the city.

Councilman Larry Moss agreed with Bosanic saying decisions for this year’s budget were tough.

“I think we all agree it’s not an easy decision we have to make,” Moss said of the cuts and the budget. “It’s not something we are happy about.”

However, Moss was optimistic about the future and hoped things would turn around for the city soon.

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