GREENVILLE — The Greenville City Council on Monday approved transferring more than $250,000 between multiple accounts to cover some funds which were operating on a deficit.
The city moved money from the balances of healthy funds to those considered deficit funds in order to balance them, something that is required by state law.
Those transfers include:
• The transfer of $126,319 from the solid waste fund to the wastewater fund
• The transfer of $89,647 from the health insurance fund to the Dial-A-Ride fund
• The transfer of $54,779 from the general fund to the solar fund
• The transfer of $1,857 from the recreation fund to the community center fund
• The transfer of $249 from the recreation fund to the Danish Kingdom fund
In a memorandum to the council, City Clerk Brad Hool said the transfers can be made without affecting the status of the balances of the other funds and that over time the respective funds will be paid back with “future revenues from the borrowing funds.”
Bosanic said he found it strange the state took issue with the fund balances this year, when it hasn’t in recent years.
“As you know, last year there were some funds that had some deficit fundings in them and the state of Michigan, through the Uniform Budgeting Act, says that we can’t carry over any deficits, which is interesting because that’s always been the case, yet we have been doing that,” he said.
He noted the solar fund as an example, where the city had several upfront costs in bonding but would by the end receive revenues to pay off those costs on the back end of the bonds.
“So that’s how we budgeted it and for three years that’s what we were doing and now the state is saying ‘No, we want you to pay those costs up front now.’ OK, that’s what we’ll do,” he added. “This is an accounting matter, if you will.”