The Stanfield City Council Tuesday approved the fiscal year 2012-2013 budget of $5,580,315, down 6.39 percent from last year's budget of $5,961,115.

City Manager Scott Pingel said it will be a "tight" year for many city and state budgets, including Stanfield.

However, Pingel said he is "very positive" about the upcoming budget year.

"We're looking good," Pingel said.

Most of the budget decrease is not having to budget for costs associated with the design of water system improvements, he said. Design is now complete for the city's water improvements, which cost about $300,000.

Pingel also said the approved budget includes no city layoffs or major budget cuts.

The estimated $3.65 million in improvements to the city's water system includes a new well on the south side of the city near Interstate 84, a new booster pump station, a new 1-million gallon reservoir in the south side of the city and a pipeline from the new reservoir to the downtown area.

Pingel anticipates completions of the water improvement projects by winter 2013-14.

The budget does not propose new city positions or award pay increases for city employees.

The only proposed salary increases are for a full-time police officer to complete his Drug Recognition Expert Certification and for a Public Works maintenance worker to receive a certificate, Pingel stated in a budget summary.

"We're a small town with a tight budget, it's just a reality that we have to live with," Pingel said. "As we move forward, we just what to make sure we stay on top of personnel costs."

To view the full budget, go online at http://www.cityofstanfield.com or pick up a copy from Stanfield City Hall, 160 S. Main St.

In other Stanfield news:

• It is an election year for three Stanfield City Council seats and the Stanfield mayoral seat. Anyone interested in applying for positions should pick up an application packet at City Hall. Applications are $25 and are due by 5 p.m. August 17. In order to be eligible, applicants must be a registered voter and have lived in Stanfield for the past two years.

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