HAMMOND - The City Council adopted, with little discussion and an unanimous vote, a 2011-12 budget Tuesday calling for $34.1 million in expenditures and $33.3 million in revenue.
Officials said a beginning “carryover” fund balance from this fiscal year will more than cover anticipated spending in the new year.
The largest expenditure in the coming fiscal year will be for the Police Department, with an anticipated budget of $8.4 million.
The cost of fire protection is pegged at $5.2 million, the second-largest item on the budget.
The city anticipates spending $3.9 million for water and sewer service.
Funds for these two utilities are derived from fees paid for services and both are self-sustaining.
Another large-ticket item is insurance, which will cost the city $3.4 million.
The budget sets aside $2.1 million for debt service.
City officials have budgeted $1.9 million for maintenance and improvements to city streets and another $1.3 million for grounds owned by the city.
General administration costs for the coming year will be approximately $1.6 million.
Other matters considered by the council included:
PAY RAISES: The council unanimously approved pay raises for all city employees for the coming fiscal year.
Employees with service from 1 to 20 years will get a 2 percent increase.
Employees who have worked 21 to 30 years and those working more than 30 years and earning more than $75,000 will realize a 1 percent raise.
HOLIDAYS SET: Non-civil service city employees will be given 12 paid holidays in the new fiscal year.
Mayor Mayson Foster said the designated city holidays are: Independence Day, Labor Day, Veterans Day, Thanksgiving Day, the day after Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year’s Eve, New Year’s Day, Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Good Friday and Memorial Day.
Columbus Day and Mardi Gras are not employee holidays. Civil service employees have a slightly different holiday schedule, Foster said.
JULY FOURTH CELEBRATION: Foster announced plans for this year’s Independence Day celebration which will be held July 1 at Zemurray Park.
Foster said opening ceremonies will begin at 6:30 p.m. and a fireworks display will begin at 9 p.m. The mayor said the fireworks show will go on no matter the weather.
Live music, food booths and entertainment for children will be available, Foster said.