Six new positions are included in Marana’s preliminary $211.5 million budget, approved unanimously by the town council last week.
The new positions range across departments such as airport and water, and account for a salary sum of $271,000.
Councilman Russell Clanagan said he would be against any new positions created after the final budget is approved.
The fiscal year 2009 budget is slightly larger than last year’s $209.8 million financial plan.
“All our department heads know we’re in at least a two-year downturn,” said Town Manager Mike Reuwsaat.
The $1.7 million increase is tiny compared to the one between fiscal year 2007 and 2008, which measured an $81.8 million jump.
Mayor Ed Honea remarked that when he was a council member in 1977, just when the town was starting up, Marana’s budget was $40,000.
Sixty-six percent of the budget, or $139.1 million, is set aside for capital improvement projects such as improvements to Silverbell Road, improving runway capacity at the Marana Regional Airport and construction of the Cortaro Silverbell District Park.
The largest dollar change from the fiscal 2008 budget was a 17 percent drop, or $18.1 million, in the capital projects fund. The largest dollar gain from last year’s budget was a 7 percent increase in the general fund, or $2.35 million.
About $1.4 million was set aside to replace aging and deteriorating town vehicles and equipment. The final budget for fiscal 2009 should be approved sometime in June.