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|New city budget tops $2 million|
The city of Winnsboro's proposed budget for 2009 will be just over $2 million, according to documents presented at the regular city council meeting on June 16.
The total general fund revenue for 2008-2009, which goes into effect July 1, 2008 and lasts through June 30, 2009 is $2,071,300, also serves as the budget for that period of time.
Mayor Jack Hammons told council members Betty Johnson, Sonny Dumas, Richard Mahoney and Craig Gill the budget is based on the existing one-cent sales tax collection forecast of $1.2 million and does not include dedicated funds for street improvements, which comes from a separate half-cent sales tax.
Other revenue anticipated by the city includes $165,000 from property taxes, $220,000 from licenses, $175,000 in franchise fees and other, smaller miscellaneous income.
Budgeted expenses include $329,000 in administrative salaries, $414,000 for administrative expenses, $265,000 for the fire department, $387,000 for the street department, $103,000 for recreation and $368,000 for the police department.
City employees will receive a 3 percent cost-of-living increase, however salaries of the mayor and city council and city court judge and prosecuting attorney remain unchanged.
The city's utility system project falls under a separate budget fund, with separate funding, mostly through water sales and sewer fees.
The 2008-2009 utility projected revenue and budget is $1.3 million.
Expenditures include $282,750 in administrative expense, $195,000 for water works, $145,000 for the water plant, $155,000 for the sewer plant and $109,000 for wastewater treatment expenses.
The council voted unanimously to accept both the general fund and utility system fund budgets.
In other council action:
• Passed a resolution naming The Franklin Sun as the official journal for the city for 2008-2009.
• Passed a resolution naming the four banks in the city as fiscal agents for 2008-2009; Franklin State Bank, Winnsboro State Bank, Progressive Bank, Citizens Progressive Bank.
• Passed a resolution adopting the systems survey and compliance questionnaire required by the state legislative auditor.
• Reviewed the condemned property lists and heard from some property owners regarding plans for their properties. Depending upon the circumstances and whether or not the owners had responded to the city's certified letters, the council approved proceeding with condemnation action.