Council passes budget

Published 3:00 am Wednesday, February 17, 2016

The Brundidge City Council passed the largest budget in the city’s history at its Tuesday meeting.

Brundidge Mayor Jimmy Ramage said the budget of $15 million plus came on the heels of a pretty good financial year for the city.

The total budget for the fiscal year beginning October 1, 2015, and ending September 30, 2016 is $15,860,968 and includes a 5 percent raise for city employees.

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The city’s general fund budget for FY2016 is $3,653,313 and the utility fund is $8,489,152.

Other expenditures set forth in other funds include five city projects: a TAPS Grant of $460,847 for the city’s sidewalk project, the clean water fund of $2,250,000, DWSRLF Water System, $90,475; CDBG ED NIP $424,881and ALDOT NIP, $492,300 for industrial development.

Ramage said the budget also included a raise in the city’s library budget to $217,036.

Allocations to agencies, including the Pike County Chamber of Commerce and the Pike Regional Child Advocacy Center, remained the same, the mayor said.

Prior to the second reading of an ordinance to change the mayor/council salaries for the next administration, District 2 Council Member Arthur Lee Griffin said he would like to rescind the ordinance to raise the salaries.

Griffin had placed the ordinance on the table at the Feb. 2 council meeting.

All members of the council voted in favor of Griffin’s motion.

Following the meeting, Griffin said he wanted to make peace, not cause problems.

“I’m for this town and for the people,” he said. “I’m a problem-solver, not a problem maker.”

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