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The Kansan - Newton, KS
  • Budget breakdown

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  • By Ashley Bergner/Newton Kansan$44.2 millionWHAT IT IS: The city of Newton's 2013 budget for all operating funds, representing an 8.1 percent increase from 2012.WHAT IT MEANS: The city's budgeted expenditures are grouped into six categories: personnel services, contractual services, commodities and supplies, vehicle operating, capital outlay and transfer out.INSIDE THE BUDGET: At $17.3 million, personnel services is the largest of the expenditure categories (making up 39.2 percent of total expenditures).The city has the equivalent of 203 full-time positions and 20 part-time positions.Contractual services has a budget of $11.5 million and includes services purchased and delivered by external entities. Also included in this category are payments of debt service.Commodities and supplies has a budget of $2.3 million and includes purchases of medical supplies for Fire/EMS, street signs and parts for vehicle maintenance.Vehicle operating, with a budget of $1 million, includes maintaining city vehicles for departments such as Fire/EMS, police, public works, and parks and public facilities.Capital outlay has a budget of about $800,000 and includes expenses that add a fixed asset to the city.Transfer out has a budget of $11.1 million and includes transfers from operating departments into reserve accounts such as the equipment reserve, bond and interest funds and transfers out for revenues collected by the city on behalf of other entities, such as transfers into the library fund and sales tax revenue transfers to the economic development and capital infrastructure fund.Have a question about a local government budget? Contact us via email at news@thekansan.com, Attn: Budget breakdown, or call us at 283-1500. 

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