Brundidge budget ‘on target’ despite lack of revenue

Published 10:45 pm Wednesday, June 20, 2012

The revenue from the gas tax is lagging, but the Brundidge budget is right on target.

That was some of the good news that Brundidge City Manager Britt Thomas had for the Brundidge City Council Tuesday.

“I’ve never seen the gas tax revenue this way before,” Thomas said. “It’s state shared revenue so it’s reflective of what’s going on around the state.”

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Thomas said the gas tax revenue is restrictive and can only be used for certain expenditures, including street repairs.

“So we have no debts or operating expenses that are dependent on that revenue,” Thomas said.

Other good news related to the budget was that water and sewer revenue is up.

“That’s due to increased industrial use,” Thomas said. “And, that’s a good sign for our industries and good for the city.”

Thomas said that PowerSouth has given the city a one-mil credit on its rates and that will be passed along to the city’s customers.

Thomas reported that only 11 youth had signed up for the summer program at Galloway Park and the required number to implement the program is 25.

Thomas said the program had been advertised widely and the response was not as great as expected.

The council authorized a non-exclusive solid waste collection franchise license that will allow companies to remove and dispose of commercial solid waste collected within the city. Although the city could have charged a five percent fee for the license, the council elected not to do so.

The companies that do business in Brundidge will be required to have a $2 million liability insurance policy to dispose of the solid waste at the Brundidge Landfill.

Jennifer Amlong, children’s librarian at the Tupper Lightfoot Memorial Library, addressed the council to bring the members up to date on the library’s programs for young people

“This summer, we have 120 children, Kindergarten through ninth grade participating,” Amlong said. “The programs at the library are filled due to limited space, but the programs at Brundidge Station are open to everybody.”

The Montgomery Zoo with Creatures of the Night and the South Alabama Electric Critters are two highly anticipated programs.

Also at the meeting, Mayor Jimmy Ramage announced that qualifying for the Brundidge city elections will begin on July 3 and end at 5 p.m. July 17 and those there were reminded that the Brundidge annual Independence Day Parade will be at 9 a.m. June 30.

The Brundidge City Council meets at 4 p.m. on the first and third Thursdays of the month at Brundidge City Hall. The meetings are open to the public.