After a long Saturday workshop and some discussion, Rhome officials are ready to move forward with a financial plan for the upcoming fiscal year.
At its meeting Thursday, the city council approved an $1,834,578 budget for 2014-2015.
It will be funded, in part, by a $0.5833 tax rate, also approved at Thursday’s meeting.
Although the overall budget has a surplus of $1,687.55, it features a deficit of $327,423.29 in the police department fund.
Stories on the budget ran in the Wednesay, Aug. 13, and Wednesday, Aug. 6, editions of the Messenger.
IN OTHER NEWS
The council also:
- after an almost two-hour closed session, authorized Mayor Louis Godfrey to submit the proper information about a pavilion at Rhome Family Park to the city’s engineers. Since January, the council has been deliberating how to complete its construction.
- appointed Renee Marks as an alternate judge;
- modified, at the request of councilwoman Jo Ann Wilson, the community center rental form so entities that perform “appropriate community service” may use the community center free of charge.
- recognized Marie Moore with the Distinguished Citizens Award for her longtime service to the community, especially senior citizens.
- approved implementing a purchase order system and authorizing City Secretary Ramah Burns to explore the options. “It’s a good idea,” said councilwoman Michelle Pittman. ” … It’s a way to track your spending and manage your cash.”
- approved selling the fire department’s skid unit for $3,500.