Batesville Herald Tribune, Batesville, Indiana

Local News

September 3, 2013

City budget may fund three open positions


Within the EDIT fund, a $25,000 Main Street contractual agreement, steady for the past three years, falls to zero in 2014.

The police fund, the largest active budget because EDIT dollars aren’t depleted each year, but rather accumulated, is projected at $1.46 million, up from $1.4 million. The salaries of police officers and dispatchers are projected at $450,000 and $212,000, respectively. Salaries and benefits total $1.3 million.

The Motor Vehicle Highway Fund increases to $1.06 million from $1.01 million this year. Thanks to the General Assembly, there will be more cash for local road improvements because the per capita formula has been changed from $13.50 in 2013 to $31.30 in 2014.

Recreational areas will have a bit more money next year. The Parks and Recreation Fund is estimated at $225,550, up from $205,200 last year, the lowest between 2011-14. With more acreage to tend, summer help was budgeted at $6,000 in 2012, $10,000 in 2013 and $15,000 in 2014. Commissioner Mike Baumer must remain frugal with these line items: buildings and grounds repairs, $5,000; machinery and equipment, $3,000; playground equipment, $1,000; buildings improvements, zero.

About half of the $120,200 Batesville Memorial Pool Fund (up from $118,100) will be used for salaries of two managers and lifeguards. Any work on the locker rooms roof may have to wait unless officials get creative. Building repairs were budgeted at $5,000, and capital outlays for buildings at zero. Pool equipment and machinery total $5,000.

The Cash Reserve Fund boasts only one category, a $250,000 payment. That amount over each of four years will be given to Ivy Tech Community College for its expansion here. Money in two cumulative funds will be saved up for major projects: stormwater utility, $199,000; and tax-increment financing, $85,000, up from $20,000.

Debbie Blank can be contacted at or 812-934-4343, Ext. 113.

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