The governing body of City of Roeland Park meet on August 6, 2012 and approved the 2013 Budget. View the 2013 Adopted Budget.
Did you know:
The city cannot spend money without an approved budget – Each year, Mayor and City Council must agree on a plan (and establish the legal authority) to generate funding and spend the public’s money on city services from Police to park maintenance. Unless a city budget is established legally, the city cannot spend money.
The city raises and spends nearly $5 million each year to fund city services – In fiscal year 2012, the city will spend more $5 million from the General Fund, which is the portion of the city budget that pays for the services we generally think of as “city services” including police protection, trash collection, park maintenance, etc.
There is actually much more to the budget than what we usually think of as the budget – The entire city budget covers about $10 million in spending and includes other funds (including money raised and spent to operate the Community Center and the city’s street maintenance programs), but when we speak about “the budget” we are generally talking about the General Fund. Similarly, we sometimes talk about the Operating Budget because when we refer to “the budget” we are generally talking about the money we raise and spend to operate government agencies each year, for example, the salaries of police officers.
In April, the Mayor and City Council began the steps to prepare the 2013 City Budget. They will continue to facilitate bi-weekly Budget Work Sessions, which are open to the public, through June and July.
Preparation of the 2013 Budget:
Budget Meeting #1 - April 23, 2012
- Proposed Budgets Presentations from Public Works, Police, Court, Council and Codes Departments
Budget Meeting #2 – April 30, 2012
- Proposed Budgets Presentations from Administration
- Employee Benefits 2012 Health Plan Year
Budget Meeting #3—Monday May 14, 2012:
- “Where are we now?” City staff presents an existing budget summary and an RP 2013 City Budget predicted summary for next year’s budget cycle.
- Finalize 2013 Budget schedule and items to be discussed Agenda
Budget Meeting #4—Tuesday, May 29, 2012:
- Street Maintenance 2013
- Discussion of a possible salt structure reserve
- Discussion of street maintenance software
- Purchase New PW Pick-up Truck as a “One Time” Expense:
- Capital Improvement Program
- Police Car Purchase
- Roeland Park Aquatic Center CIP
- Parks Presentation
- Permit fees, licensing, and police fees structures by comparing them to other cities in NEJC to potentially increase certain fees to bring them more in line with other neighboring cities.
Budget Town Hall—Monday, June 11, 2012:
- Present “Where are we now” and 2013 budget schedule and agenda.
- Budget Town Hall Meeting #1 Presentation at the Community Center
- Proposed Budget - Draft #1 6-11-2012
Budget Meeting #5—Tuesday, June 12, 2012:
- Issue future resident survey.
- Commerce Bank Funds—One-time Use Funds: five (5) potential “one time money” options to budget the funds from the sale of property to Commerce Bank:
- Use funds to avoid future debt:
- Fund the 2012 Cars program
- Use funds to reduce and refinance existing city debt.
- Use funds to further “build” city budget reserves to prepare for the closing of Wal-Mart
- Increase of Reserve for a larger base
- Increase of Attorney Fees for Development
Budget Meeting #6 —Monday, June 25, 2012:
- Review of budget 2013 – Draft #2 6-22-2012
- Discussion of Street Maintenance Plan for 2013
- Discussion of Health Care Options for Plan Year 2013 (effective July 1, 2013)
- Discussion of restoring a part time position to full time
Budget Meeting #7 —Tuesday, June 26, 2012: Forecasting 2014-2016
- 2014-2017 Budget Items to be Discussed:
- Mill / overlay, Roe Parkway in the RP Industrial Park in 2017.
- Create building maintenance reserve for city buildings including City Hall, Public Works, Community Center, Pool, and Parks. (Potential shared service with other sites)
- Fund “Operation Green Light”
- Storm water maintenance reserve.
Budget Meeting #8—Monday, July 2, 2012:
- Present requested information for FY13 budget update Proposed Budget 2013 #3
Budget Meeting #9—Monday, July 9, 2012:
- Update on 2013 employee health plan and city fees and permit rates
Budget Meeting #10—Monday, July 16, 2012:
- Budget Town Hall Meeting #2 at City Hall to Present Proposed 2013 budget Budget Town Hall #2 Handout
- Review of Budget 2013 – Draft #3
- Council Meeting – Permission to Publish 2013 Budget
Budget Published in the Legal Record - Tuesday, July 24, 2012