BRIGHTON — Next year is going to be “a building year” for Brighton, according to City Manager Manuel Esquibel as he gave council a sneak peak of the proposed 2014 budget during a Sept. 24 study session.
Esquibel said that during the budget process the administrators realized their proposed budget was about $2 million over what revenues were going to provide.
“We were very concerned about that, and so I was able to meet with the directors to say, ‘We really need to recognize that 2015 is probably going to be the year that we might be able to do a little more, but 2014 is going to be more of a status quo budget,’” he said.
He said this year’s budget will continue to allow for merit increases but that they did not budget for market-rate increases or additional staff. He also said maintaining the city’s current levels was the No. 1 priority in developing the 2014 budget.
According to Esquibel, 2012 and 2013 were good years for the city, as they were able to add more staff to departments, support merit and market-rate increases and make some adjustments to employee benefit plans. He said 2014 will be the first year they will have to fund all of those additions and those increases took up a portion of the city’s revenue.
“Our approach for 2014...is going to be an approach that we will not let any grass grow under our feet and we will continue to address those particular priorities that you all feel are important as well as the citizens,” he said.
Esquibel said he would go over the revenue stream in more detail during councils annual budget retreat. The annual retreat will be held from 12 to 5 p.m. Oct. 4 and 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Oct. 5 at Riverdale Golf Course. Council will consider adopting the budget during its Oct. 15 council meeting at City Hall.