Billings City Council resumes budget hearings Wednesday

2014-05-28T00:00:00Z Billings City Council resumes budget hearings WednesdayBy MIKE FERGUSON mferguson@billingsgazette.com The Billings Gazette

Aviation and Transit, Public Works and administration/administrative services budgets will be presented during the Billings City Council work session Wednesday.

The meeting begins at 5:30 p.m. in Council Chambers at city hall.

Transit expenditures are expected to be about $5.5 million for 2014-15 on revenues of about $5.1 million. Projected reserves on June 30, 2014 will be about $2.7 million.

Federal grants will fund 80 percent of the purchase of two small buses and a paratransit van. A grant from the Montana Department of Transportation will cover 85 percent of the purchase of three paratransit vans.

The airport budget projects about $18.6 million in revenue and about $19.2 million in spending. Planned capital expenditures, aided by 90 percent of funding from federal sources, will include $2.7 million for stormwater drainage additions, $2 million to expand Concourse B hold rooms and restrooms, about $1.7 million to construct public ramps and about $930,000 to extend Runway 10L.

The Public Works Department will maintain infrastructure worth nearly $5.2 billion and manage $65 million in capital projects. During the coming fiscal year, which begins July 1, it will maintain 1,361 roadway lane miles, 199 miles of storm sewers, 106 traffic signals and 3,980 street lights.

The city’s largest department, with 244.5 full-time employees, will also collect 240,000 tons of waste and treat 5 billion gallons of wastewater and 8.1 billion gallons of drinking water.

The department anticipates $110 million in revenue and plans to spend $124 million.

The capital budget for 2014-15 includes about $28.8 million in water system improvements, $9.4 million in wastewater system improvements and $407,000 in landfill improvements.

Big-ticket projects in the pipeline include an estimated $50 million in additional water treatment capacity and a $15 million landfill expansion.

The final category, administration and administrative services, includes facilities, fleet serves, information technology, central phone services and parking.

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