Falkville approves $2.4 million budget

Clif Knight

Hartselle Enquirer

Falkville Council approved a $2,420,182 operating budget for fiscal 2017-18 at a called meeting Sept. 12.

The vote followed a work session during which Mayor Ken Winkles presented council members with figures representing projected revenues and expenses for administration, police, fire, public works, water/sewer and municipal court.

The budget, which anticipates an increase in revenue of about $145,000 over the prior year, will go into effect Oct. 1. A step-raise for employees and a five percent increase in the cost of medical insurance are included.

Anticipated revenues total $2,420,182 while projected expenses total $1,281,697, leaving a balance of $138,495.

Capital improvements include the following: police, $10,000 for patrol car computers and $28,100 for a new patrol car; water/sewer, $9,000 for lean to and $5,000 for aerator for waste treatment lagoon; and public works, $9,000 for lean to and $18,025 for new tractor payment.

In addition, $85,000 was set aside in the water/sewer department for infrastructure improvements. The money will be used to reduce the amount of surface water infiltrating sewer manholes and breaks in sewer lines during rain events, according of Winkles.

“We tightened down on the amount of money allocated for expenditures,” Winkles pointed out. On the revenue side, we’re benefiting from a fuel tax

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