Fiscal audit reveals good news for Brundidge

Published 8:32 pm Tuesday, March 18, 2014

The City of Brundidge is a $19.5 million municipal corporation.

If no other good news had come out of the Brundidge City Council’s meeting Tuesday, that was good enough.

Britt Thomas, city manager, said for a city with a population of 2,000 that figure was huge.

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But that was not the only good news that Thomas reported to the City Council. In a review of the city’s financial audit for FY2013, Thomas said the fund balance grew by $193,000.

“That’s positive growth, and it’s always good to be going up,” he said.

An additional single audit was required of the city because the city had more than $500,000 in federal expenditures during the fiscal year.

“That, too, was big because the city received $163,000 in federal dollars,” Thomas said.

The City Council also conducted two public hearings to close out Community Development Block Grants (CDBG). One grant project was the demolition project, which removed 27 dilapidated or dangerous structures throughout the city. The other was a water project that improved water service to 83 households in the Caldwell Subdivision.

The council also held a public hearing regarding the 2014 CDBG application outlining what the city’s needs might be.

“We will have survey forms that will be available to our citizens at Brundidge City Hall and possibly at churches within the city limits,” Thomas said. “The forms will give our citizens the opportunity say what they feel are the needs in our city – water, sewer, natural gas, dilapidated buildings, parks, recreation, community centers, roads.”

Thomas said the purpose of the survey forms is to show community involvement.

“The greater the community involvement in the project, the more points we will receive in the competitive process,” Thomas said. “We don’t know yet when the applications will be due. We’ll have to wait on ADECA on that.”

Jeffrey Baker spoke briefly to the Council about his concerns with the Brundidge Police Department and the chief of police.

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