Next year's Elk Grove preliminary budget unveiled; windfall Federal funds use to be discussed separately

At last night's Elk Grove City Council meeting, City Manager Jason Behrmamm unveiled the city budget for the fiscal year 2022, which starts on July 1.

In a presentation that gave an overview of the proposed budget, the city general fund budget is $78.7 million, increasing $4.4 million from the current year. The city's total budget for 2022 is decreasing by about $32 million to $272 million, mainly because several significant capital improvement projects are completed, according to Behrmann. 

Behrmann said the budget includes $18.7 in reserves for economic uncertainly. Additionally, the economic development incentive account will be funded to $3.7 million.

Regarding the $22 million windfall from the American Rescue Act, Behrmann told the city council, "those funds are not included in the budget" and that "we plan on coming back to you at a future council meeting to having that discussion as a separate item."

As it has in the past, the bulk of the general budget is dedicated to the Elk Grove Police Department. That portion of the budget is 67.7-percent.

For the total proposed budget of $272 million, the largest component is capital improvement projects which are 41-percent. The city plan's to hire 17 new employees, several which are in the public works division who were previously employed by city vendors, as well as four police officers.

Following Behrnman's presentation, the city council had no questions regarding the proposed budget expenditures, and there were no public comments.

The detailed budget will be presented to the city council at the June 9 city council meeting and must be adopted by June 30 as legally required. The budget documents can be viewed here.  

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