Humble City Manager Jason Stuebe led a special budget meeting recently. “The total combined estimated general fund revenue and beginning balance amounts to $83,902,124. Keep in mind that there are several tabs and line items that are coming down that were pushed off to a future date or had attention diverted until this budget due to COVID-19, so capex expenditures are expected to be higher than previous numbers,” he said.
“Several areas, such as civic center rentals, seem to be down due to COVID-19 as well,” added Stuebe.
This year’s budget is calling for several new projects; the following gives a glimpse into the details.
There will be a total of seven new city positions — full and part-time to be added. Three of these positions are slated for the police department. One position will be awarded to a canine officer, another for a new detective and the final position for a property room clerk.
The parks department proposed capital outlay includes revisions to Hirsch Park fencing, including the pool and tennis courts, covered picnic areas and basketball court. “These updates will replace the chain link fencing currently in place as well as adding several pieces of equipment to make future updates easier,” added Stuebe.
Several departments need new vehicles and/or heavy equipment, such as the animal control department, building department and civic center.
Additionally, the municipal court department currently generates a lot of paper in their day-to-day operations. Therefore, some of the allocated budget to that department will go toward record scanning so that records can be kept intact for the mandated length of time, while still reducing the impact to the environment.
Other buildings of entertainment such as the civic center and Bender Performing Arts Center will also see some face changes. For instance, the civic center updates are scheduled to include a full wrap for the senior bus, whereas the Bender is set to receive attention to the sound booth.
Mayor Norman Funderburk announced that a public hearing is being scheduled for Thursday, Sept. 9, at 6:30 p.m.
This will be a time that is dedicated for public comment to be voiced openly in an open, public forum.