Council receives equipment budget
City council received the 2017-2021 equipment reserve budget during Monday’s regular meeting. The purpose of the budget is to ensure funding is in place to purchase new equipment. Coun. Brian Swanson believes buying new equipment will only raise the city’s debt. “Equipment purchases have to go under the spot light,” he said, adding that the municipality should be as cautious as a commercial business facing serious financial issues when it comes buying big-ticket items. The list for 2017 includes new tractors, mowers, sand/gravel trucks, automated sanitation trucks, transit buses and library workstations, among other things. “In 2017, the request coming before you in this budget is just over $3 million worth of expenditures for replacement equipment. There’s also a carried-forward request of $1,450,000,” said Brian Acker, director of financial services. The reserve receives funding from both the operating and capital budgets previously approved by council. It was referred to the budget committee.