City Council is set to discuss and vote on a tentative $189 million spending plan for Fiscal Year 2022/2023 at its 6 p.m. meeting Tuesday at City Hall.
The plan includes a proposed operating budget of $60.9 million, an increase of more than 10% from its current budget, and proposed capital improvements spending of just under $129 million.
The department budgets for police and fire/medical operations are $12.1 million and $11.2 million, respectively. Other major spending areas include the office of business management at $8.3 million, parks and recreation at $6.8 million, public works at $6.1 million and executive services at $5.5 million.
City revenues for the year are projected at $77.7 million which would result in a surplus of $16.8 million.
Nearly three-quarters of the capital improvements budget would go to streets infrastructure (59%) and building (14%). Water infrastructure (8%), parks and recreation (7%) and land acquisition (3%) are the next highest expenditures. Economic development, community improvements, the city’s vehicle fleet and public safety, all at 2%, round out the city’s proposed spending.
The budget also includes three major transportation projects: the beginning of work on the Sonoran Desert Parkway (formerly known as the East-West Parkway); improvements to the intersection of Smith-Enke Road and State Route 347; and adding a northbound lane to State Route 347 from Cobblestone Farms Drive north to the city limit.
The city also will spend $1 million to begin work on a Green Road overpass at the Union Pacific tracks and another $300,000 for design of the Green Road bypass and loop design intended to take truck traffic off SR 347 and provide the city another major north-south transportation corridor.
City Council is scheduled to vote on the final budget in June.