Written by Amanda Casanova
The City Council voted this month to approve the multimillion dollar budget for the City. The 2013-14 budget for the General Fund will go into effect Oct. 1 The Council approved $182.7 million, up $9 million from last year.
Features in the budget include salary and benefit increases totaling $6.5 million and an incentive payment increase to $11.1 million, up more than half a million from last year. Incentive payments will be used on projects like the entertainment center.
For the 2014 budget year, the City is focusing on 10 strategic goals: promote excellence in land use; nurture and promote vital, vibrant neighborhoods; cultivate an environment conducive to strong, successful economic development; set the standard for a safe and secure city; promote and support unity in the community; promote effective communication among all; excellence in Irving’s cultural, recreational and education environments; set the standard for sound governance, fiscal management and responsibility; enhance and sustain Irving’s infrastructure network; and set the standard for environmental stewardship.
Water and sewer rates are expected to stay the same. In the 2012-2013 budget year, Irving’s property tax rate stayed at 59.86 cents per $100 of assessed value and residents did not see a hike in water, sewer or trash rates.