The Gretna City Council unanimously approved a $17.6 million general-fund spending plan for the upcoming fiscal year at a special meeting Wednesday night.
The action came with little discussion.
The city projects general-fund revenue of $16.7 million, with the difference coming from revenue from Boomtown Casino.
Total projected expenditures are down 5 percent from what Gretna spent this year, with revenue due to rise by 0.4 percent.
The budget, which takes effect April 1, provides for an undedicated fund balance — or year-end surplus — of $4.3 million, up slightly from $4.2 million in the current fiscal year.
The general fund, which includes $9.6 million in spending on police, represents about 50 percent of the city’s total $35.7 million budget. Other dedicated funds include fire protection, 10 percent; sewer service, 9 percent; water, 8 percent; and ambulance service and garbage collection, 4 percent each.
Sales tax revenue is forecast to grow by 7 percent to $5.3 million. Mayor Belinda Constant said Gretna is reaping the benefit of recent retail development in the Westside Shopping Center, including Twin Peaks restaurant, Planet Fitness and the new Rouses Supermarket.
The city also has high expectations for a $50 million hotel development underway on 11 acres annexed last year from Jefferson Parish, though much of the additional tax money won’t show up for a few years as the city directs much of the tax revenue from the project into infrastructure improvements there for two years.
City employees will receive a 3 percent pay increase that will be funded by the recent refinancing of 2004 sales tax bonds, which saved the city $68,000 annually.
Uniformed and post-certified police officers will get a 6 percent increase, while support staff will get a 3 percent raise.
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