1. 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.
  1. Only four months into FY13, which began July 1, Grand Ledge already used about 60 percent of its funds for parks and buildings.
  1. The police K9 program received a $400 budget for FY13, which is a 95-percent decrease from FY12’s $8,250.
  1. Meanwhile, the police department’s drug education program received a 1,100-percent increase from $300 in FY12 to $3,600 in FY13.
  1. 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.
  1. 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.
  1. 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.
  1. The city dropped its recreation funding from $110,245 in FY12 to $81,930 in FY13, a decrease of about 25.7 percent.
  1. 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.