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Linn County Leader - Brookfield, MO
  • You Asked...Why did the City [of Brookfield] have so little revenue budgeted for this year?

  • After a citizen left a message on our answering machine about the big difference in municipal revenue between last fiscal year and the current fiscal year, we took a second look at the numbers we reported in our Brookfield Budget story in Monday’s edition of the LCL.
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  • After a citizen left a message on our answering machine about the big difference in municipal revenue between last fiscal year and the current fiscal year, we took a second look at the numbers we reported in our Brookfield Budget story in Monday’s edition of the LCL.
    We reported Monday that there was an $882,567 difference in total revenue between FY (fiscal year) 2012-13 and FY 2013-14. We were in error, and the mistake occurred when we inadvertently compared total General Fund revenues for this fiscal year with total revenues for all funds (i.e., grand total revenue) from last fiscal year. When FY 2012-13 grand total revenues ($7,453,921) are compared with FY 2013-14 grand total revenues ($7,672,312), there is actually $218,391 more grand total revenue between last fiscal year and this fiscal year; the City anticipates $218,391 more revenue in FY 2013-14 than it had in FY 2012-13.
    Of further interest, considering the downtown revitalization efforts being spearheaded by the IDA, was the amount budgeted for economic development. That amount didn’t change between last fiscal year and this fiscal year. The City budgeted $21,917 for the IDA in FY 2012-13 and $21,917 in FY 2013-14. That amount is included in expenditures for Administration in both year’s budgets.  
    Finally, in our City of Brookfield budget breakdown that appeared in the Monday edition of the LCL, we neglected to mention that the City has budgeted $30,000, in this fiscal year’s budget, for the demolition of up to nine dilapidated properties. Those properties, which were purchased at bargain basement prices during the annual County Tax Sale at the Courthouse in Linneus, are slated for demolition. As our recent tour and photographing of those dilapidated structures revealed, these eyesores were nothing but a blight on the City’s appearance. Although it isn’t certain that $30,000 will take down all nine structures, when the demolitions are finished, visitors looking to relocate here will have a much more favorable impression of Brookfield than would have been the case otherwise.
    On today’s front page, for the convenience of our readers, we have provided a  bar graph that compares the General Revenue Funds for FY 2012-13 and FY 2013-14. Again, the General Revenue Fund provides the primary source of operating revenue for the City of Brookfield.      

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