It’s August and for many area governments that means one thing: It’s budget time. The city of Berne is no exception as city council held its first hearing of the 2015 budget Monday evening.
Berne Clerk-Treasurer Gwen Maller laid out the proposed figures for council, reminding the group the figures to this point are only estimates as final numbers from the state are not in yet.
Maller said the reason for holding hearings prior to actual figures being known is due to the time schedule required by the state for advertising the budget and holding hearings. Council was not asked to approve the proposed budget, but instead approve publication of the 2015 estimated figures, according to Maller.
As the numbers stand now, the overall budget for 2015 is $104,513,070 — up nearly $60,000 from 2014. While much of the increase came from standard expense inflation, the biggest jump came in the Street Fund, according to Maller, to the tune of about $135,000.
“I bumped up the street fund a little more this year,” she said. “It’s not much, but it’s something to start building that fund back up again.”
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