Mike Showers, Finance director with the Town of Camp Verde, discusses the 2013-14 budget with members of the Camp Verde Town Council during Wednesday’s special session. The Council unanimously approved of the budget.
The Camp Verde Town Council unanimously approved the Town’s 2013-2014 budget at Wednesday’s special session. Pictured, Town council member Brad Gordon.
CAMP VERDE - At Wednesday's special session, the Camp Verde Town Council approved the Town's 2013-14 tentative budget. And it is a balanced budget, says Town Manager Russ Martin.
"When I got here, people were thinking a balanced budget was a long ways away," Martin says. "Now, we're no longer using reserves to provide services. The savings we have in place will allow us to survive down the road. But if you dip into reserves too much, you're not able to withstand difficult times. If and when the economy turns down again, we can withstand that."
Mayor Charlie German says he was pleased that the Council was able to agree with the Town's balanced budget.
"We're pretty proud of this budget," German says. "As we move forward with the economic development, as those revenues are derived, this opens up [Capital Improvements Plan] projects to a greater degree."
"Little things here and there are exciting," Martin says. "Staff sees this as an opportunity to move forward. And hopefully, folks will see a difference. The community has been patient seeing things through."
For Camp Verde residents, Martin says the balanced budget "is a great thing."
According to Martin, the budget allows for flexibility. With a contingency fund of approximately $200,000, if unforeseen expenses come up through the year, the budget would remain balanced.
The 2013-14 budget allowed for the purchase of nine 2013 Chevy Tahoe vehicles for the Camp Verde Marshal's Office. Marshal Nancy Gardner of the CVMO addressed the Council to thank the members for approving the budget that made it possible to purchase the vehicles.
"We couldn't have done it without the Council," says Gardner, who added that the new vehicles help provide a "sense of professionalism and pride in carrying out laws and ordinances in the Town."
During the Council's regular session that followed the special session, the Council approved Resolution 2013-895, a Resolution of the Mayor and Common Council of the Town of Camp Verde, Yavapai County, Arizona adopting fees for Town services for fiscal year 2013-2014, superseding Resolution 2012-864. The new resolution, on Martin's request, was amended to not change fees at the Camp Verde Heritage Community Pool until after the 2013 pool season. The new resolution was also amended to remove sewer district fees.