The Chillicothe Board of Public Works has finalized the municipal utilities budget draft for the 2015-16 fiscal year and has submitted the document to the city for council review and approval. The proposed budget includes projected revenues and expenses in the areas of electric, water, wastewater and refuse. The proposal will be part of the overall city budget, expected to be approved on Monday, March 30, following a public hearing during the council’s regular meeting. The city’s new fiscal year begins April 1. The overall budget projects operating revenues and other income of $15,460,095 based on average growth in all departments. Operating expenses are projected to total $15,395,628, which includes a 3 percent cost of living increase for CMU employees. Overall, the budget for all four departments is financially sound and, at this time, no rate increases are anticipated for the upcoming fiscal year, according to CMU General Manager Jim Gillilan. The budget includes $1,114,900 in capital expenditure items: • Several electric upgrade projects that will greatly improve the reliability of the community’s electric system; • Water department projects, including main replacements on Sunset Avenue, from Polk to Northwood Terrace, and Bryan Street, from Sunset to Hillside Drive. CMU also will be replacing its second of three high-service pumps at the water pant. The third high service pump will be replaced next year, which will complete the upgrade and increase CMU’s output from 4.3 million gallons per day to 5.5 million; • Wastewater department projects, including spending $250,000 on lining sewer mains and manhole rehabilitation. CMU will also replace the irrigation system that is used to spread treated sludge; • Replacing the 2004 packer truck in the refuse department that is used for the commercial route.