Mayor Cedric Glover has released the Executive Budget for 2012, laying out the administration's proposal for the annual comprehensive operating budget for the City of Shreveport.
The operating budget totals $492,651,165, an increase of 6.5% over 2011 original budgets.
``Our citizens will continue to receive the services they expect and are accustomed to from city government as we strive to utilize taxpayer resources in the most efficient and effective manner possible,'' Glover said. ``There will be internal impacts to restricted spending that will go largely unnoticed and not affect service levels.''
He continued: ``Once again, despite the inconsistent and fluctuating climate of the national economy, the City of Shreveport continues to demonstrate its resilience in setting the standard for economic stability through solid fiscal management of taxpayer dollars and creating an environment for job creation and business growth not only in our area but throughout the country.''
The Executive Budget is due Oct.1 each year, according to the city charter. The budget ordinances will be introduced at today's (Oct. 11) 3 p.m. Council meeting.
There also will be budget review sessions during which city departments will present details to the City Council and the public. The final budget must be adopted no later than December 15.
A copy of the full Executive Budget will be available for viewing at the Mayor's Office at Government Plaza, and a digital copy will be published on the City of Shreveport website this week...nmc, 10/11/11