Helena passes 2004 budget

The city of Helena passed a $4.4 million budget last week.

The budget for fiscal year 2004 includes total administration expenses of $4.2 million.

Total expenses for city services amounted to $42,240. Fire Department expenses totaled $36,762; $44,550 for library expenses; and $28,250 for police department expenses.

Administrative expenses include $55,000 for a building payment; $28,000 for the city shop; $16,800 for computer supplies and software; $29,800 for conferences and conventions; $17,500 for continued employee education; $108,500 for the city’s court system; $30,000 for donations; $72,500 for fuel/lubricants; $165,500 for employee insurance; $89,250 for landfill permits; $126,300 for the city’s newsletter and printing; $2.25 million for payroll; $105,000 for state retirement costs; $96,500 for utilities; and $10,000 for the city’s website.

Total projected revenues for the city are $4.5 million.

Revenues include:

ABC county – $74,000

Ad valorem taxes – $455,135

Boat transfers – $1,800

Building permits – $162,000

Copies – $6,800

Fines – $328,000

Franchise fees – $458,000

Garbage fees – $585,000

Gas tax – $90,000

Grants – $125,000

Interest income – $15,000

Miscellaneous – $72,000

Motor vehicle – $32,500

Newsletter advertisements – $90,000

Privilege license – $260,000

Rental tax – $65,000

Sales tax – $1.69 million

Yard sales – $1,350