The Town Council voted routinely Thursday to adopt a $62.4 million tentative budget for the 2013-14 fiscal year, which starts July 1.
The budget is down from the $66.7 million budget that the council adopted for the current fiscal year.
The council approved the tentative budget with a 5-0 vote. Councilwomen Mary Mallory and Lora Lee Nye did not attend the meeting.
Councilman Michael Whiting commented that the budget is down from the $111.5 million spending package for the 2007-08 fiscal year.
"I don't think our community could ask for more," he said. Speaking to Management Services Director Bill Kauppi, he added, "We appreciate your good work."
Vice Mayor Don Tjiema, who will step down at the June 13 meeting when two new council members will take the oath of office, made light of the pending council vote.
Addressing Mayor Harvey Skoog, he said, "Mayor, I wonder if you would want to table this for another month."
Tjiema motioned to approve the tentative budget, and Councilwoman Patty Lasker, who is also stepping down, seconded the motion.
The next step is for the council to conduct a public hearing June 27 and adopt a final budget that evening.
Copies of the budget are available for review in the library and Town Manager Larry Tarkowski's office. The budget also will be posted on the town government's website, www.pvaz.net.
Also during the council meeting:
The council accepted three grant award contracts from the Governor's Office of Highway Safety for the Police Department. One of the grants will pay for enforcing the safety belt law and the two other grants involve DUI enforcement.
The council adopted a resolution to revise administrative fees for the Police Department.