Focused on maintaining key organizational strategies, strong fiscal management and a commitment to provide excellent community services, Missouri City Council Members voted unanimously to approve the $31.9 million Fiscal Year 2013 General Fund Budget during their June 18 meeting.
The financial plan takes effect July 1 and preserves the principal citizen priorities of public safety, economic growth and infrastructure improvements. “With this blueprint, City Council has given staff and residents a roadmap detailing what we will accomplish over the next year,” said City Manager Edward Broussard. “Council Members and management worked together on the plan, committed to finding feasible cost-cutting solutions that would both balance the budget and ensure citizens continue to receive quality services and benefit from quality programs.”
Highlights of the conservative 2013 plan:
This has not been an easy budget to develop for consideration, as there are many priorities from the Council and the Comprehensive Plan that need to be met while our revenue streams are limited,” Broussard explained. “Just as families sit around the table and decide how to spend their income to meet their needs, we did the same.”
Broussard said the budget development process began in January, with the Finance Department developing the current year’s estimates of expenses and base level expenses for the next fiscal year. Department directors became involved, determining preliminary numbers as the draft budget process continued.
In preparing the plan, staff focused on meeting the City’s financial challenges with continued flat property values. Managers evaluated all programs and services; utilized funding received from METRO for transportation projects and concentrated on continuing to provide high-quality services with existing tax dollars.
Residents can view the budget on the City’s website, www.missouricitytx.gov. For updates, watch the website and tune in to Missouri City Television, Ch. 16 on Comcast and Ch. 99 on AT&T U-verse.