- The budgets for FY11, FY12 and FY13 have consistently called for greater expenses than the city gains in revenue. In FY11, the city budgeted to spend about $225,000 more than what it earned. The amended budgets of FY12 and FY13 had net grand totals of about -$608,000 and -$944,000, respectively.
- Only four months into FY13, which began July 1, Grand Ledge already used about 60 percent of its funds for parks and buildings.
- The police K9 program received a $400 budget for FY13, which is a 95-percent decrease from FY12’s $8,250.
- Meanwhile, the police department’s drug education program received a 1,100-percent increase from $300 in FY12 to $3,600 in FY13.
- The allocated budget for the airport increased by 66 percent from $41,338 in FY12 to $68,612 in FY13. Prior to the increase, the funding had remained fairly constant between FY11 and FY12.
- As of Oct. 31, Grand Ledge will have expended its entire budget for sidewalks for FY13. While only having allocated $11,698, the city used $26,159.
- Grand Ledge brought its cemetery funding back down to where it was in FY11 at about $150,000 after funding increased to $190,723 in FY12.
- The city dropped its recreation funding from $110,245 in FY12 to $81,930 in FY13, a decrease of about 25.7 percent.
- City Administrator John Bayless is the top-paid city employee, making $96,535. The second highest is Public Service Director Larry LaHaie at $80,445, and the third highest salary is Chief of Police Martin Underhill’s at $73,131.
10. Although the proposed FY13 budget called for $25,605 to be used for the administration’s property tax and debt service, the amended budget called for $83,788, an increase of about 227 percent. The rise in funding follows FY12’s expenditures of only $26,510.