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Richmond City Council passes 2013 budget

By JoEllen Black/Richmond News

Richmond City Council unanimously passed its 2013 budget Tuesday. The city’s fiscal year begins Oct. 1.

The $3.013 million budget reflects a balanced budget, leaving only $1,169 in surplus, unlike 2012, which was a surplus of $32,688.

Richmond City Administrator Ron Brohammer said tax dollars should be spent on improvements, maintenance and day-to-day operations. And with the city’s general fund projected at $510,000 by the end of this month – an $802,486 turn around in five years – Brohammer says the city can judiciously purchase equipment needed for departments. Only two new positions are slated for 2013 – an additional wastewater employee and a new police officer position to bring the department total to 11.

Richmond Police Department will receive equipment to “modernize” its department, Brohammer said. Six wireless patrol cruiser cameras for DWI and drug enforcement will be bought through a lease/purchase deal for $54,325 over a five-year period. The department will also receive four laptop computers with software ($25,200), a 2011 Chevy Tahoe from the Kansas Highway Patrol ($23,800) and radar equipment ($6,000).

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