Douglas Officials Approve 2015-2016 Budget; City Treasurer Lauded For Great Work
Along with the Douglas City Council’s approval of its next fiscal year budget came news that Douglas City Treasurer Robert Drexler, for the third consecutive year, was awarded the Certificate of Achievement from the Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA) of the U.S. and Canada.
The achievement is the highest recognition GFOA confers in the area of governmental accounting and financial reporting and speaks highly of the local government and its management, according to experts in accounting.
Asked to comment about the accomplishment, Douglas City Clerk Jean Neve said, “We are very proud (of him); this is the third one in a row—it’s amazing.”
The GFOA is a nonprofit professional association dedicated to the enhancement and the promotion the professional management of governments for the public benefit.
With regards to budget news, Drexler highlighted Monday night that the city had added a total of 16 new single-family residential homes to the city’s tax roll during the current fiscal year.
That number of units is significant for a town the size of Douglas, which averages a little over 1,000 in population numbers.
The city’s fiscal year ends on June 30 and starts anew on July 1. The estimated general fund for the 2015/2016 fiscal year is $2,776,000 which is up about $100,000 from last year. The fund balance for the city is projected to be $2,752,242, according to Drexler.
“The city has kept the same millage - 13.0818 - since it became a city in 2006,” he said.
Some of the most important items that the city budgeted for include the hiring of a full-time city planner who will also be working as a zoning administrator, a position meant to replace the role played by the city’s former economic development director, Ryan Kilpatrick.
Other highlights include the purchase of a police vehicle, estimated at $33,500, and the construction of the icon root beer barrel park, which will comprise the Beach to Bayou trail head and a parking lot that will be handicap accessible, estimated at $35,000. Another projected big expense for the city is futue road construction engineering at $170,000 (road evaluating analysis).