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2003 Annual Operating Budget

2003 Officials

Bobby Simpson
MAYOR-PRESIDENT

Paul T. Thompson
CHIEF ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICER

David M. Medlin
FINANCE DIRECTOR

METROPOLITAN COUNCIL MEMBERS

Ulysses Z. Addison, Jr.

James T. "Jim" Benham

David J. Boneno

Lorri Burgess

Wayne Carter

Pat Culbertson

Joseph "Joe" Greco

Charles Kelly

Darrell P. Ourso

Byron Sharper

Martha J. Tassin

J. Michael "Mike" Walker

 

2003 Annual Operating Budget Cover

In December 2002, the Metropolitan Council adopted the 2003 City-Parish Annual Operating Budget, which calls for $529 million in spending.  This is an increase of $20.09 million from the year 2002 or 3.95%.  The General Fund portion of the budget includes $221 million for general operations.  The primary revenue sources for the General Fund include sales and use tax, gross receipts tax, and property tax.  The General Fund provides monies for many entities that provide the basic services of the government, such as the Police Department, Fire Department, and Department of Public Works.

Recent sales tax revenues and appropriate reductions in expenditures during 2002 have seemingly allowed for modest increases in this year's budget. However, rising health care costs and retirement contributions, along with salary increases from regular merit and longevity raises, have restricted us to preparing a budget with little or no growth for the year 2003.

Included in the budget is a $1.2 million across-the-board raise of 4% for all commissioned Police Officers and a 2% increase for the noncommissioned police classes.  This raise, combined with over one million dollars in increased benefit costs for Police Officers included in this otherwise standstill budget, demonstrates our commitment to this vital public service. Another significant item in the 2003 budget is our e-government initiative.  In an effort to simplify interaction between citizens and local government, citizens will be able to perform five core processes over the telephone and the Internet.  Those processes included are sales tax remittances, traffic ticket payments, business license renewals, permitting and inspection, and citizens' requests for services.  To see a brief summary of selected highlights from the 2003 Annual Operating Budget, please refer to the 2003 Budget Highlights.

Following is the 2003 Annual Operating Budget. The budget files are in Portable Document File (pdf) This document is in PDF format.  Download the free viewer from www.adobe.com format which can be opened and read using the Adobe Acrobat Reader.  You can download it for free by clicking on the Adobe link above.

REQUEST A 2003 ANNUAL OPERATING BUDGET ON CD

INTRODUCTION

Table of Contents
Legal Authorization
Organizational Chart
Budget Award
Mayor-President's Policy Statement
Mayor-President's Accomplishments, Goals, and Strategic Initiatives

BUDGET MESSAGE AND SUMMARIES

Final Budget Amendments
Budget Message
Understanding the City-Parish Budget
Budget Summary-All Funds Combined
Summary of Appropriations by Program Area
Graphical Summaries
Governmental Fund Type Summary
Proprietary Fund Type and Pension Trust Fund Summary
Summary of Allotted and Full-Time Equivalent Positions

GENERAL FUND

Summary of General Fund Estimated Revenues and Appropriations
City and Parish General Fund Revenues Combined
Comparison of General Fund Expenditures
Statement of General Fund - Fund Balances
General Fund Budgets

SPECIAL REVENUE FUNDS

DEBT SERVICE FUNDS

ENTERPRISE FUNDS

INTERNAL SERVICE FUNDS

PENSION TRUST FUND

CAPITAL IMPROVEMENT PROGRAMS

BUDGET DETAIL

Professional Services Contracts
Local Services Agreement
City General Fund Revenues and Parish General Fund Revenues
General Fund
Special Revenue Funds
Debt Service Funds
Capital Project Funds
Enterprise Funds
Internal Service Funds
Pension Trust Fund

STATISTICAL INFORMATION

Glossary
Index and Special Acknowledgements