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Beline Obeid
July 04, 2013
GROSSE POINTE SHORES — The ebb and flow of daily operations usually results in municipal budgets being amended near the end of the fiscal year.

This year in Grosse Pointe Shores is no exception.

Overall general fund revenues and expenses, originally budgeted to balance at $5,488,444, will end the fiscal year balancing $5,417,542, a reduction of $70,902.

As fiscal year 2012-13 closes in July, numerous revenue and expense reports for the period were put in line this month with actual totals.

Rhonda Ricketts, finance director, characterized the process as house-cleaning.

“Some of our expenses were off when we originally created this budget,” she said. “A lot of it was from distribution of certain administrative employees between different departments.”

Property tax revenue was $70,000 less than expected due to Michigan Tax Tribunal and Board of Review outcomes, Ricketts said.

“Court revenue is ($34,000) less than what we were hoping for,” she added.

Some budget changes were due to greater savings than expected, such as $12,000 from changing telephone service providers.

Cost savings for medical insurance and legal counsel resulted from changing employee benefits and retaining a new city attorney.

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