The College Station City Council on Monday unanimously approved a $13.8 million amendment to the city’s fiscal year 2019 budget.
The revision brings the budget to $374 million; the original budget approved for the fiscal year that began Oct. 1 totaled $360.1 million. Much of the increased appropriations — about $8 million — are expenditures that were budgeted but weren’t completed during the past fiscal year.
Those items include about $4.2 million for the completion of the synthetic fields project at Veterans Park and Athletic Complex and $958,547 for the completion of phase one of the Fun for All Playground at Stephen C. Beachy Central Park. Other expenses that were rolled to this fiscal year are about $1.9 million for vehicles that were ordered but not delivered in fiscal year 2018, most of that being for a ladder truck for the fire department.
The budget revision also includes about $3.7 million for the Lick Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant expansion project, $927,000 for the East Side F.M. 158 sewer line project and $770,817 for a transmission pole and optical ground wire project.
A heavy rain event in October that caused leaking and damage across City Hall and its annex resulted in extensive remediation efforts. Another $350,000 is part of the budget amendment to supplement the city’s property and casualty fund. More damage occurred during a second rain event in December, but money for those repairs will be brought forward during a second budget amendment later this year.
The city charter allows council members to amend the annual budget after holding a public hearing if there is revenue available to cover increased expenditures.
No one spoke during Monday’s public hearing.