Euharlee adopts 2011 budget, moves toward master plan
by Jessica Loeding
Jan 06, 2011 | 2256 views | 0 0 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend | print
During called and regular meetings Tuesday, the Euharlee City Council moved to adopt the city's 2011 budget.

In a special called meeting, the council held a second reading of the budget, along with a first reading of the Euharlee Police Department and Municipal Court budgets. The budget was approved during the following regular meeting.

According to City Manager Trish Sullivan, the 2011 budget, while slightly less than 2010, is based on actual expenditures rather than projected figures.

At $1,370,216.93, the 2011 total is roughly $2,000 less than 2010's $1,372,353.33. Passed in February 2010, last year's budget came in 5 percent higher than 2009.

Like 2010, the 2011 proposed budget includes pay raises for all city employees. Last month, Sullivan said the raises will be "more than covered" because the city expects to come in under budget and because the numbers are based on actual figures through the first of November.

Among those areas where the budget changed:

* The parks allotment increased 77 percent from $17,090 to $30,290.

* Conservation/inspection saw a 77 percent decrease, dropping from $11,761.80 to $2,725.

* Code enforcement was also cut from $7,520.36 to $4,775, or 37 percent.

* A 51 percent increase was made to the seniors budget -- from $2,706.56 to $4,100.

* Planning and zoning was slashed 29 percent, going from $31,965.48 to $22,725.

In December, Sullivan said revenue, most of which comes from Local Option Sales Tax, had remained consistent and had been aided by the addition of the Dollar General store.

The 2011 Municipal Court info tech fund budget, which will move forward in future meetings, allots $11,000 for the purchase of a digital fingerprinting scanner.

In other action Tuesday, the council:

* Voted to roll $11,000 from the library investment account to the general fund.

* Voted to move forward with creating a community master plan.

In lengthy discussion, Planning and Zoning Administrator Ron Goss Jr. presented to the council two initial proposals from companies who formulate master plans for communities such as Euharlee.

Goss expressed a desire for a master plan, which he said would help when applying for grant funds. He also said it would ease planning for the future and give the downtown area a more cohesive appearance in the future.

* Approved hiring Tom Shinall and Chad Oates to serve as event planners for two city events this year. The two will coordinate the KCBS Cook-off on May 7 and an event Oct. 15.

* Appointed Steve Worthington as mayor pro tem.

* Voted to put the city's banking out to bid. Several with the city expressed displeasure with the service received with Regions Bank, the current institution for Euharlee.