On May 20, the Marana town Council unanimously approved a $115 million tentative budget for the 2014/2015 fiscal year, a $32 million increase from the current year.
The current year’s budget is $83 million.
Increases in the budget are primarily due to transportation related projects, the beginning phases on a wastewater treatment plant and sewer line improvements near the Saguaro Bloom Development. Other money will be allocated to the hiring of additional full-time town employees, additional police officers, adjustments in salaries, equity adjustments and more.
The majority of the town’s revenue will come through intergovernmental revenue and sales taxes. About $41 million is expected to come from intergovernmental revenue and $27.3 million from sales taxes.
Councilman Dave Bowen requested that $2 million be transferred from the reserve fund to the contingency fund for the possible use toward the future arena that will be built at the Marana Heritage River Park. A public hearing on the issue will be held on June 17.
In other business, the council approved to rezone of a 117-acre parcel of land west of Camino De Oeste The area was changed from low-density residential to a master plan area. The change allows for more flexibility for the developer. Also, approved in a 6-1 vote was the change of four lots, from two-story to one-story homes, near West Angel Drive.
Also approved were the tentative budgets for the 2014/2015 fiscal year for three communities - about $1.8 million for the Gladden Farms Community, $478 for the Gladden Farms Community (Phase II), about $2.1 million for the Saguaro Springs Community, and $30,189 for the Vanderbilt Farms Community. The tentative budgets were approved by each of the community’s district board of directors, which is the Marana town council. Public hearings will be held for all the communities at the council meeting on June 17.
Town Manager Gilbert Davidson also highlighted two awards that were each given to the Marana financial department and human resources department. Both awards recognized the departments for the high quality work.