|Woodland Mills budget on track
|Posted: Tuesday, June 14, 2011 9:07 pm
|By DONNA RYDER
The City of Woodland Mills is on track to have its budget approved.
The mayor and board of aldermen passed the budget on its first reading Monday night and set a date for a public hearing.
The budget includes $76,145 in the General Fund, with $73,440 estimated for expenses during the 2011-12 fiscal year.
Other budgeted funds include:
• Sewer — $146,700, with $146,672 in expenses.
• Refuse Collection — $23,004, with $23,900 in expenses. Mayor Wade Carrington said Barker Brothers went up its contracted 3 percent, but since the city has a fund balance in this account, the city could go another year without an increase. He told the board next fiscal year, the city will probably have to increase its refuse collection rate.
• Street Aid — $10,003, with $9,500 in expenses.
A public hearing has been set for 6 p.m. June 27. This date allows for the appropriate amount of time required by law for the meeting notice to be published in the newspaper.
Alderman Waymon Reagan said Woodland Mills is in much better shape financially than other cities in the county.
After the meeting was opened in prayer by Reagan and led in the Pledge of Allegiance by alderman Tom Menees, the board:
• Agreed to send a certified letter to the owner of property in the city where the grass has been allowed to grow shoulder-high.
• Learned $486 in 2010 property taxes has been collected. Still owed to the city are $167 in property taxes from 2009 and $2,144 from 2010. A total of 19 individuals still have unpaid taxes from 2010. They will receive reminder notices. Charter Communications still owes the city $15 in utility taxes from 2009.
• Approved May financial statements, including totals assets of $7,630.62 in the Refuse Collection Fund, $7,059.29 in the Street Aid Fund, $548,284.35 in the Sewer Fund and $133,224.39 in the General Fund.
• Heard Menees has not had anyone else look at repairing the front of the Civic Center yet. It appears someone damaged the building by backing a vehicle into it.
• Learned a resident had requested his sewer bill be lowered because he used the water in his swimming pool.
The mayor told city recorder Thelma Green to have the resident call him.
• Was informed City Hall will be closed Thursday so Mrs. Green may attend a city recorder training class.
• Set the next monthly meeting for July 11 at 6 p.m.
Associate Editor Donna Ryder can be contacted by e-mail at email@example.com.
Published in The Messenger 6.14.11