CARMEL, Ind. (WISH) - "It's a lot of work to do it right."
That's how Carmel's mayor, Jim Brainard, describes the challenge of creating city budgets. He and Carmel's City Council are in that process, now.
Tuesday, they came together for a workshop to listen to the budget proposals from city department heads. Carmel spends about $100 million a year on the city services it provides. Brainard told 24-Hour News 8 his proposal for 2014 "is fully-funded by revenues we should receive next year."
Critics on the council have complained that Carmel still doesn't have a fully-funded budget for this year, 2013. Arts funding, for example, has been tabled for further calculations.
Brainard disputes that concern.
"We have about $30 million in reserves, right now. There's enough money. But, it's always good to ask those questions," he said.
He said the council is comprised of people "who don't serve full-time. They're part-time jobs and they have a lot of questions."
He also said, though, "you have to move things around, sometimes. There may be extra money in this account and not in this account. And, that's the process we're going through right now."
But, that's addressing the 2013 funds.
On Thursday, the council will hold another budget workshop to discuss the needs of 2014. The work may also be challenging because, sometimes, at this time of year, department heads don't have actual figures for all of their revenue. So, until those are available, they must base their proposals on estimates.
A stronger economy lightens the burden, a bit.
"It becomes easier," Brainard said, because "we're getting further away from the recession which had a negative impact on our revenues."
Municipal budgets must be adopted in the fall.
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