7% revenue growth anticipated, positions added

The Apache Junction City Council is now considering the city budget for the 2019-20 fiscal year, and the public is invited to join in the discussion.

The City Council will hold the mandated public hearing on the budget at its Monday, May 20, 2019 meeting, at 7 p.m., in the Council chambers, 300 E. Superstition Boulevard.

The Council introduced the proposed budget at its May 6 work session. Tentative budget adoption is scheduled for May 20. The council will then consider final budget adoption at its June 17 meeting. The proposed budget is posted online at www.ajcity.net/budget.

In the introduction to the budget discussion at last week’s work session, City Manager Bryant Powell said the budget committee expects incremental economic growth locally, statewide and nationwide. National Gross Domestic Production (GDP) is expected to grow 2.5% (down from 2.9% in 2018).

Arizona estimates state revenue growth of 7.7%, and Apache Junction’s budget committee estimates the city’s revenue growth at 7%, with net new revenue at approximately $1.9 million.

Included in the proposed 2019/2020 budget is a mandated retirement adjustment to the Public Safety Personnel Retirement System (PSPRS) and the Arizona State Retirement System (ASRS); a 2.5% step increase to all career status employees; Police Department Dispatch Center remodeling; continuing two scheduled household hazardous waste events; three new full-time positions (Police Sergeant in Investigations, Plan Examiner & Planning Manager); one new part-time position (adding a Library Page will allow the library to stay open later on Mondays and Wednesdays); and a continued focus on upgrading the city’s vehicle fleet.

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