In a bit of end-of-the-year housekeeping, the Dodge City Commission approved amendments to the budget for fiscal year 2008 on Monday.

    "It's things that had been approved throughout the year, but the state statute required amending the budget," city clerk Nannette Pogue told the Globe on Tuesday.


City OKs budget amendments for FY 2008
By Eric Swanson
Dodge City Daily Globe
    In a bit of end-of-the-year housekeeping, the Dodge City Commission approved amendments to the budget for fiscal year 2008 on Monday.
    "It's things that had been approved throughout the year, but the state statute required amending the budget," city clerk Nannette Pogue told the Globe on Tuesday.
    She said that the city had enough available cash to cover the additional expenditures, and none of the affected funds are financed by property tax revenues.
    Among the amendments:
    • The commission amended the budget for the "Why Not Dodge" sales tax fund to reflect $3.22 million in expenditures for 2008. The Dodge City and Ford County Commissions had not approved the budget for the sales tax fund when the city's regular budget was approved in August.
    • The Convention and Visitors Fund: The fund was amended to reflect an additional $19,000 in expenses, which came from a hospitality program financed by payments in lieu of taxes from the LaQuinta and Best Western motels. Those payments, plus some hospitality program expenses, were funneled through the fund.
    • Special street and highways: The amended amount, $890,100, reflected the amount that the city actually spent on street upgrades in 2008. The amount was higher than originally budgeted because more cash was available.
    • Wastewater fund: The budget for this fund was amended to reflect an increase from $5.09 million to $5.9 million in expenditures. The increase was due to capital expenditures related to buying property for the new wastewater reclamation plant.
    The amended budgets for All 4 Fun and the underage alcohol abuse funds both reflected actual expenditures that exceeded the budgeted amount.
    Pogue said the amended funds totaled about $2.7 million altogether — the difference between the originally budgeted amounts for those funds and the new amounts.
    In other business, the commission approved a resolution updating the city's boundaries.

    Reach Eric Swanson at (620) 408-9917 or e-mail him at eric.swanson@dodgeglobe.com.