Frank, who is retiring in November after 31 years as city manager and chief architect of the city's budget, made four recommendations for the manna. Firstly, "pray for the legislature," so the state budget won't ding the city in what Frank has characterized in the past as rape and pillage.
The council approved his recommendations for modifications to the approved budget for fiscal year 2010-11 made possible by the extra funds.
•Put $750,000 into the insurance fund to pay for higher incidence of liability claims in the past two years;
•Allocate $700,000 for the purchase of capital equipment, which was eliminated from the budget in June;
•Eliminate three vacant positions in the Streets Division of Public Works, which will virtually wipe out the street paving crew, saving the city about $150,000 this year; and
•Transfer $15,000 from the city Attorney's budget to pay for a couple of open space lots in Arch Beach Heights to avoid future litigation.
As recommended by Frank and approved unanimously by the council, about half of the $3 million was allocated and the other half squirreled away in the Genera Fund Reserve. After factoring in the unexpected revenue and approved modifications to the budget, the estimated general fund balance on June 30, 2011, would be $6,324,000, almost 14% of anticipated spending, Frank reported.
The council also approved Frank's recommended modifications to the capital improvement program, which comes out of a different pot of money, including the annual bed taxes from Montage Resort & Spa, for which Frank once said he thanked God.
"Montage is down to a measly $2.72 million," Frank said.
Down, but hardly chopped chicken liver.