Sunday, February 5, 2012

Most City Departments On Budget, But Overtime Jumps in Finance and Administration

Posted By on Sun, Feb 5, 2012 at 10:18 AM

When the Boise City Council meets this Tuesday, they'll be briefed on the City of Trees' financial income and expenses.

Boise officials will consider the first quarter financial report for Fiscal Year 2012, which began Oct. 1, 2011. The six-page summary will reveal that there have been no "significant deviations from revenue and expenditure patterns compared to the same period of the prior year."

Revenues for the first three months totaled more than $13 million, approximately 8 percent of the general fund budget for the year. That may seem low, but the first major revenues from property taxes weren't expected until January.

Other highlights:

- Airport fund revenues, $7.4 million, stood at 18 percent of budget for the first quarter, while personnel expenses were 24 percent of budget.

- Practically all city departments showed payroll expenses above 25 percent of budget due to "one time compensations" paid in December.

- Overtime in the city's Finance and Administration Department skyrocketed to 118 percent of its budget for the year as a result of an implementation of the city's Enterprise Resource Planning, the new automated system to manage payroll, revenue and financial functions.

- Overall expenses for contract services were 32 percent of the annual budget, compared to 27 percent the previous years.

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