GONZALES — The city’s financial statements received an unqualified rating, the highest rating possible, city auditor Michael Schexnayder reported.

Gonzales has a $16.7 million general fund balance for the fiscal year ending May 2011, Schexnayder said while delivering the audit report at Monday night’s City Council meeting.

The city’s general fund budgeted revenue of $12,470,500, but took in about $2 million more than that, according to the audit documents. The city also spent $180,000 less than budgeted.

The resulting surplus was applied to the $6.2 million in planned capital outlay projects, allowing the city to draw down less of its fund balance, said Finance Director Clay Stafford.

Of the total $21.7 million spent, statements show operating expenditures of $18.5 million, including the $6.2 million in capital outlay projects.

Other business the council addressed Monday night included:

TRICK-OR-TREAT: The city’s official date for trick-or-treating within city limits will be Halloween night, Monday, Oct. 31, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., Mayor Barney Arceneaux said.

The spray ground water feature at Jambalaya Park will close Oct. 28.

VETERAN’S DAY PARADE: The council announced the annual Veteran’s Day Parade will be held Nov. 13 beginning at 2 p.m.