WHAT IT IS: The 2012 adopted budget for the city of Newton’s administration department. The department includes the city commission, city clerk, city manager, finance department, human resources and information technology.
DEPARTMENT STATS: The various divisions within the administration department serve a variety of functions: - City commission: Composed of five members, who select one member to serve as mayor each year. The commission sets policies for the city. - City manager: Carries out the commission’s policies and goals; directs day-to-day operations of the city; hires and fires personnel; and supplies the commission with information to aid in decision-making. - City clerk: Serves as the record keeper of city commission proceedings and actions, as well as city records (ordinances, resolutions, deeds, contracts, agreements and easements). - Finance department: Prepares the budget; monitors long-term debt management and investments; and coordinates the annual state-mandated audit.
BY THE NUMBERS: Here are a few of the line items from the administration division’s 2012 budget: - $348,074 — Personal services (the department contains the equivalent of 19 full-time and five part-time staff members). - $40,900 — Commodities and supplies. - $2,400 — Vehicle operating.
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