Members of the Houston City Council gave final-round approval Monday to a more than $7 million budget to guide city government next year.
A reduction for 2013 reflects fewer grants that the city will manage for projects.
Adjustments to the current 2012 document and few changes to 2013 were made.
Plans call for fewer outlays in 2013. Among those on the drawing board: Airport hangars to accommodate eight aircraft at Houston Memorial Airport. The project is paid primarily using federal dollars that are dispersed to states. Cities accrue dollars up to $150,000 annually.
Other projects using grant dollars, city labor and equipment: Tree landscaping at Emmett Kelly Park and development of Rutherford Park west of the airport that will include soccer fields.
In other matters, members:
—Will change city health insurance coverage from Blue Cross/Blue Shield to Aetna after a 9 percent hike in premiums. City Administrator Larry Sutton said a change of co-pays will occur, but it represents a better policy for less money in the Mercy network. Butch Burch is helping the city with the transition.
—Heard a final inspection was expected Tuesday of a recently completed sewer system upgrade.
—Learned that a regional electrical group comprised of area communities met last week in advance of the city changing wholesale providers next spring. Sho-Me Power of Marshfield intends to stop serving area communities, and an alternative was developed.