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Casper City Council approves budget amendment with $2.2M net increase to revenues

The Casper City Council approved an amendment to the FY 2022-2023 budget on Tuesday, Jan. 17. (Screenshot via City of Casper, YouTube)

CASPER, Wyo. — On Tuesday, Jan. 17, the Casper City Council unanimously approved an amendment to the fiscal year 2022–23 budget that will have a net increase to the city’s overall revenue picture of about $2.2 million.

It is rare for a budget amendment to result in a net increase in revenues, Casper Financial Services Director Jill Johnson and City Manager Carter Napier told the City Council during the Jan. 10 work session. Johnson said the net positive increase can be explained by the fact that the budget already included spending authority for certain items for which the city was anticipating revenue that had not yet been included in the budget.

The amendment, which is the second amendment to the FY 2022–23 budget, adds a total of $3,850,947 of additional expenditure authority to the budget. It is divided into several categories: council-authorized projects and disbursements, new expenditures and projects, and new appropriations with offsetting revenues.

For council-authorized projects and disbursements, $177,210 is needed to cover the costs of previously approved items. These include the purchase of a BearCat police vehicle, which will be funded by General Fund reserves.

New expenditures and projects include a variety of items such as increased tipping fees paid to the Balefill, General Fund transfers, increased diesel costs, and Center Street Gateway enhancements. Funding for these items will come from various sources, including Refuse reserves, one-cent optional sales tax no. 16 receipts, and capital reserves.

New appropriations with offsetting revenues include $1,390,920 for unbudgeted expenditures that have offsetting revenues, such as Community Development Block Grants for the Casper Housing Authority and the Wyoming Food for Thought Project as well as the purchase of a custom body for a fire department vehicle. These items will be funded by federal grant funds.

The amendment also includes a reallocation of $2,282,814 within the budget to cover unbudgeted expenditure requirements or to address budget oversights. This includes $1,600,000 for the purchase of a replacement garbage truck and $350,000 for a new generator at the fire training center.

Details about the amendment are available in the following memo: