Adairsville departments under budget
by Jason Lowrey
Oct 10, 2012 | 1094 views | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Adairsville continues to be under budget for 2012 even though expenses are exceeding revenues, City Manager Pat Crook told the city council during its Tuesday night work session.

As of Sept. 30, no Adairsville department had used more than 70 percent of its yearly budget, which matched budget predictions made earlier in the year, Crook said.

While expenditures exceeded revenues by approximately $230,349, the city has yet to collect an estimated $585,000 in property taxes and insurance premiums. Those funds would eliminate the gap between revenues and expenditures.

Crook also updated the council on the energy excise tax issue. The council has waited to see if Bartow County will re-enact the tax on energy used for manufacturing after the state legislature passed an exemption. Crook said there was no indication whether Bartow County Commissioner Clarence Brown would choose to enact the tax.

When asked how much revenue the city, or county, could lose if the tax was not enacted, Crook said no one had made an estimate.

“The exemption is for electricity or energy used in the manufacturing process. So what is done in that case is it is up to the company, to individual private business, to complete a tax return, and they tell you what portion of electricity or energy was used in their manufacturing process, and that information is proprietary and we’re not entitled to it. So it is an unknown to us,” she said.

Issues discussed during the work session included replacing the water department’s Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition system, which controls the pumps leading to and from the department’s water tanks. The current SCADA system was installed in 2007 by Siemens and has never worked properly, Crook said, because it was designed for a city at least the size of Atlanta rather than a smaller municipality.

The proposed replacement would cost approximately $25,000 and use a generic type of software.

“Control Automation has proposed using fairly generic components and computer software, so that it is very user-friendly and adaptable to just about — it’s compatible with a lot of things, so it’s very flexible,” Crook said. “It can be repaired easily. We even have a guy here, locally, that can actually configure this.”

The water department also asked the council to consider the purchase of a new 150 hp pump at the cost of roughly $11,000 before shipping or installation. Community Development Director Ben Skipper said the old 125 hp pump it would replace has never worked correctly and has never conformed to the department’s specifications for such a pump.

Other council business included: 

• Hearing a monthly update from Adairsville Police Chief Robert Jones.

• Hearing a monthly update from Adairsville Downtown Development Authority member Linda Bass.

• Discussing the approval of the city’s short-term work plan for 2013-2017.

The Adairsville City Council’s next meeting is scheduled for Oct. 11 at 7 p.m.