The budget for the City of Ruston’s Executive Department continues to grow significantly, according to budget documents for the upcoming 2016-2017 budget year. The budget includes personnel, operating services, materials & supplies, and travel.
For the fiscal year beginning 10/1/16, the total budget is $2.059 million, compared to to an original budget for the fiscal year ending 6/30/16 of $1.787 million.
As recently as two years ago (fy 10/1/13-9/30/14), the amount budgeted was $1.517 million.
See here the documents.
Most of the increase appears to be in personnel salaries and the corresponding benefits (retirement, Social Security, insurance, etc).
For the year ending 9/30/16, the original budget was $915 thousand, compared to the new budgeted amount of $1.122 million. For the year ended 9/30/14, that amount was $676 thousand.
The detailed salary breakdown of the personnel shows five new hires for next year. See here the documents:
Direct salaries fy 10/1/15-9/30/16
Direct salaries fy 10/1/16-9/30/17
Here is the complete budget for the city for all departments: