What does the City spend money on?

The City of Geneva’s fiscal year is the calendar year.  This means that fall is the time of year that the City Council considers the 2013 budget.

I thought it might be interesting to take a look at the 2012 budget to see what kinds of things the City spends money on (in general terms).  The top three expenditure areas in 2012 were police (30%), fire (17%) and streets and highways (12%).  Total expenditures amounted to approximately $15 million.  Just as a reminder, water and sewer both have their own operating funds and aren’t included in this analysis (also recall that water and sewer are typically paid for through user fees rather than property taxes).

Table: City of Geneva, General Fund Expenditures, 2012

Source: City of Geneva, 2012 Budget Introduction, page 14

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