The last two evenings the Gillette City Council and City Staff have been deep into budget discussions. Gillette City Administrator Carter Napier said it’s definitely a reduced budget scenario this year.
“We’ve seen revenues drop in the general fund, the enterprise funds based on local economic conditions didn’t flourish as perhaps as they may have in the past when things were more aggressive so yeah we are certainly looking at a reduced budget scenario.”
Napier said clearly the Madison Pipeline Project will once again be a huge part of the budget
“We anticipate spending probably maybe 84 million dollars on Madison alone and for a 197 million dollar budget that’s a big big piece of the pie.”
Napier noted despite the reduced budget scenario, projects will still go on with the city.
“There’s a couple projects slated to be undertaken that I think are really really critical for our moving forward with regard to our infrastructure maintenance and rehabilitation Westover is a great example of that we anticipate spending probably 4 million dollars over the next fiscal year in replacing that line from highway 50 all the way to the foothills tank.”
Napier also noted that the start of the Gillette Avenue Reconstruction project will also have a big impact on the budget.
“That of course is primarily a sewer and water project but in order to get into that you have to take out sidewalk and street as well, so the plan is to redevelop that street while we are there and hopefully put it back nicer than what we found it.”
The council is expected to approve the final budget in mid June.