According to City Manager Trish Sullivan, the 2011 budget, while slightly lower 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, the 2010 budget came in 5 percent higher than 2009.
Like 2010, the 2011 proposed budget includes pay raises for all city employees. 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.
Sullivan said revenue, most of which comes from Local Option Sales Tax, had remained consistent and had been aided by the addition of Dollar General.
The city will hold a second public hearing during a called meeting on Jan. 4, with a vote to follow during the regular council meeting.
Council approves alcohol ordinance amendments;
Sunday sales to begin
During the regular meeting Tuesday, the council voted to approve amendments to the Alcohol and Beverage Ordinance.
The changes will allow for by-the-drink Sunday sales within the city. A Sunday sales referendum, which does not include package sales, was passed by voters in the Nov. 2 election. Restaurants with a liquor license can begin serving alcohol Sunday.
During the meeting, the council also took action on the old library. The building will be rented out, much like the commissary, and will be available as a backup building for the city. It was noted that the facility will need a new roof at some point in the future.
The council also:
* Voted to sell old equipment and vehicles.
* Approved the final invoice for Ron Goss Jr. on the Milam Bridge project.
* Held a discussion over which events the city would like to hold in 2011. The city is asking for community input on the favored events.
* Approved amendments to the 2010 budget.