surplus disappears with amendments in Platte City
city administrator says cash balance remains strong
Citing budget items that were "inadvertently
left out of the budget" and higher than anticipated
expenses in various categories, the Platte City
Board of Aldermen unanimously voted to amend its
approved 2004 budget.
The move impacted 16 funds and will erase the
city's projected $117,980 budget surplus, creating
a $116,165 deficit instead.
Platte City Administrator Keith Moody said the
city's cash balance after the amendments, approximately
$3.8 million, remained strong. He explained that
budget cycles for the city fluctuate, particularly
when bonds were being issued.
"It tends to have a year of big surpluses
because we release bonds," Moody said. "That
is followed by a couple of years of deficit as
we spend the money from those funds.
The largest adjustment in the budget had already
occurred when Platte City amended the amount of
general obligation bonds that it planned to issue
this year from $1.8 million to $1.5 million. That
number was adjusted to meet the county projections
for collected transportation tax funds, the fund
that is expected to repay the bond.
"If our fund has a deficit, it's because
we don't want to be using our reserves for our
supplies, personnel or contractual services,"
In addition to the bond re-issue, Moody told the
aldermen that the city had incurred unexpected
costs including an added $13,000 to complete 2003
capital improvement projects, $6,000 for legal
fees, $6,000 for equipment purchases, $8,245 for
maintenance and repairs to the sewer plant, $6,000
for sewer line cleaning, and $3,860 for recycling
In other aldermen activities, the board:
Agreed to table a proposal authorizing the
mayor to enter into an agreement with MicroComm
Digital Control Technology for the installation
of a water control system. Alderman Bill Knighton
said he personally checked on the equipment MicroComm
proposed for the project and pointed out that
the proposal called for the city to purchase a
Motorola radio system that was due to be discontinued
in one month and only supported by the company
for one year. The aldermen directed Moody to investigate
the proposal further and bring it back to the
board at a later date.
Voted 5-1 to approve a funding statement
for the Platte County Park and Recreation Outreach
Grant Program. The application would call for
a cash match on behalf of the city for $20,000
- nearly 50 percent of the amount the city believes
it would need to complete gymnasium floor and
window improvements in the Platte City Civic Center.
Alderman Gary Brown was the sole dissenting vote.
Brown questioned how the city could afford to
pay $20,000 for a gymnasium repair after the city
raised taxes and cut city department budgets across
"I admit the gymnasium needs to be fixed,"
Brown stated. "I do not believe this is the
right time to commit to this.
Mayor Dave Brooks said he thought the city should
go after the grant money while the offer was on
"We don't always know if there is going
to be a grant," Brooks pointed out.
Alderman Ron Porter said the city could not afford
"I'm in the construction business,"
Porter said, "and the longer you let something
go, the more it's going to cost to fix.
According to the project description, the repairs
are necessary because the floor had not been maintained
since it was vacated by the R-3 school district
and the windows were prone to being broken and
were not energy efficient.
Heard a brief update on the proposed Platte
City fall festival from Alderman George McClintock.
According to McClintock, vendors have been identified
and fees have been discussed and generally agreed
upon. Energy would be provided at cost by Aquila
on the grounds of the Platte County Courthouse.
A car cruise and a charity walk/run-a-thon are
being proposed. In addition, the city is still
discussing ways to entice the estimated 25,000
visitors expected to be in the county for the
Harley Davidson plant's open house