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City Council to hold special budget sessions Monday and Wednesday

(Dan Cepeda, Oil City)

CASPER, Wyo. — Time during two special Casper City Council work sessions this week will be devoted to establishing a Fiscal Year 2020 budget.

The agenda for work sessions on Monday, May 20 and Wednesday, May 22 allots three hours to the budget talks.

City Manager Carter Napier has said in previous meetings that the work sessions begin the Council’s formal process of adopting a budget for the year.

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Council has discussed the budget in recent meetings. During an April 9 work session, they discussed Capital Project proposals submitted by the City’s various departments.

Those departments submitted both “Priority I and II” proposals for Council’s consideration. Details about those proposals are available in this article.

Council has also devoted time to discussing some of those potential projects in detail like paving the parking lot at Hogadon and installing air condition in the lodge.

Ahead of establishing the Fiscal Year 2020 budget, Council have also taken several actions related to the current budget.

They passed a budget amendment during their Tuesday, April 2 meeting which increased expenditures by $3,842,295. However, the City says that increase in expenditures negatively impacts the fund balance by $764,263 because it involved authorizing transfers between different City funds and donations from non-City entities.

A lighting project at the Casper Events Center also involves amending the current fiscal budget.

The City Council had also originally been told by CATC that their organization was facing a budget shortfall, but CATC communicated during the May 14 work session that they’d uncovered an accounting error which meant they’re no longer anticipating a deficit.

Council’s decision to unfreeze wages for City employees added $138,225 to wage costs to the current budget. Council is also considering authorizing additional compensation opportunities for City employees which they could adopt after they’ve established a Fiscal Year 2020 budget.

Napier has said that the Council will establish the Fiscal Year 2020 budget sometime in May or June.