Water fund, salaries focus of mid-July Rollingwood budget planning

During its July 15 budget workshop, the Rollingwood City Council held its second budget workshop, with the first occurring June 17. (Courtesy Fotolia)
During its July 15 budget workshop, the Rollingwood City Council held its second budget workshop, with the first occurring June 17. (Courtesy Fotolia)

During its July 15 budget workshop, the Rollingwood City Council held its second budget workshop, with the first occurring June 17. (Courtesy Fotolia)

During its July 15 budget workshop, the Rollingwood City Council held its second budget workshop, with the first occurring June 17.

City Council resumed budget discussions for the 2020-21 fiscal year, which begins Oct. 1.

Within the total budget allocation requested for the water fund, which totals $949,314, a couple of increases from last year occurred in some line items, including an increase of about $72,000 for utility billing collection.

Despite the increases in a couple of line items, the total requested water fund budget is actually down 12%, or $125,740, from the previous fiscal year, according to city documents.

The proposed budget for street maintenance accounted for another decrease from the previous budget cycle at $80,774—29% less than the 2019-20 fiscal year.


Also under discussion was a quartet of debt service funds combining for about $1.2 million within the proposed budget for Rollingwood’s upcoming fiscal year, and the city’s proposed wastewater fund touched down as budget neutral from the previous year at a request of $642,451.

Pertaining to city staff salaries and titles, council is also considering the addition of a public works operator at a $48,000 salary and a utility billing manager at $65,000.

Depending on which cost-of-living raise for staff council ultimately votes on, salaries and other line items within the city’s all funds and general funds could account for anywhere between $678,000 and $707,500 in Rollingwood’s budget.

City Administrator Amber Lewis said the total proposed revenue and expenditures for the 2020-21 budget should emerge at the next workshop in August.
By Brian Rash
Brian has been a reporter and editor since 2012. He wrote about the music scene in Dallas-Fort Worth before becoming managing editor for the Graham Leader in Graham, Texas, in 2013. He relocated to Austin, Texas, in 2015 to work for Gatehouse Media's large design hub. He became the editor for the Lake Travis-Westlake publication of Community Impact in August 2018.


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