City of Ruston Budget Details

We’ve gotten a copy of the just released FY 2018-2019 Budget for the City of Ruston.

At the August 20, 2018 meeting of the City Council, it was said that the city’s payroll cost would increase by over $800 thousand. We decided to see what departments fared best.

The general fund recap shows that the top five general fund departments to receive a budget increase (on a percentage basis) from this year (FY 2017-2018) to next (FY 2018-2019) are:

Military Museum – 40.9%
Planning, Zoning & Inspections – 22.6%
Fire – 18.9%
Animal Control – 13.8%
Police – 11.9%

See here the recap spreadsheet.

Since the military museum and animal control have much smaller budgets relative to the others, we’ll focus on the top three in actual monetary amounts, specific to the total payroll increases.

Planning, Zoning & Inspections is projected to have a total 2017-18 personnel cost of $478,425. For next year, that figure increases to $659,417.

See here the budget worksheet.

The Fire Department personnel budget for this year is expected to come in at $3,418,457, while next year’s cost is set at $4,148,416.

Here’s the document.

The Ruston Police Department personnel services cost increases from $3,642,274 to $3,989,071.

Here’s the budget spreadsheet.

Among the enterprise funds (electric, water, sewer, telecom, airport, ambulance), the electric system’s personnel costs increased from $1,860,797 to $2,174,859.

Here’s the worksheet.

And here’s the complete budget document.

These increases total up to much more than $800 thousand. Likely that is so because we included the cost of the retirement and insurance benefits. It appears that those costs add as much as 50 to 60 percent additional to the base pay.

15 Responses to “City of Ruston Budget Details”

  1. Anonymous Says:

    All, remember that the proposed budget is just that. Proposed – it HAS NOT BEEN APPROVED.

  2. Anonymous Says:

    Why don’t citizens ever hear anything about the City’s recycling services? Must not be a lucrative enterprise for Walker.

  3. Anonymous Says:

    For a while, that’s all we heard from the administration. Is the recycling services still losing money? Do city offices recycle religiously? I doubt it.

  4. Anonymous Says:

    Seems the mayor’s cheering section has published that the State would do well to study the City’s budget process. The process is certainly not new, but was set in place under past administration(s). Department heads, treasurer and controller, have always spent tireless hours in July and August, along with the mayor, in preparation for the approval process. The new administration has followed the same budget process to some extent along with the strong arm/heavy-handed mayor making changes to his liking. No doubt the budget will be approved and the new fiscal year will proceed under the watchful eye of a “non-controller” and do we have a NEW auditor? So, maybe the State should study the process, but not what goes on behind closed doors at city hall.

    • Anonymous Says:

      Oh if state wants to study then the state WILL study. Even what happens behind those doors.

      • Anonymous Says:

        How is it happening without a controller?

        • Anonymous Says:

          And just before the new fiscal year. They will likely get someone in there who won’t ask any questions and knows nothing about city government.

  5. Anonymous Says:

    That’s why mayor is getting rid of key figures – those who have a good understanding of city government but could ask too many questions and upset his apple-cart. You can bet that new people coming in will be handpicked.

  6. Anonymous Says:

    Why hasn’t there been anything in the newspaper or online naming the new auditors selected by the Council on August 20? Very odd in light of all the other weird things going on. And wonder how much the new auditors will be paid in comparison to the previous auditors who did such a good job? Did city request bid proposals for auditors and did anyone see proposals received?

  7. Anonymous Says:

    Council, did you see proposals from auditors? Or were they hand-picked by mayor?

  8. Anonymous Says:

    You can bet on it!

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