Proposed budget introduced at Kingston's work session
by Shaka S. Lias
May 04, 2011 | 2295 views | 0 0 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Kingston City Council met Monday night for its monthly session and to propose what is expected to be the budget for the remainder of 2011.

Before discussions on the budget began, the council heard from Tim Allee, Environmental Health Director with the Northwest Georgia Public Health Department.

Allee encouraged the city of Kingston to join Bartow County Animal Control.

Allee said from a public health standpoint it really needs to happen. He discussed the importance of rabies control.

According to Allee, there was a rabies case in Taylorsville last month. A fox entered a person's home and bit them while they were on the couch.

"It was a very unusual case," said Allee, "Usually it happens to someone in the wildlife."

"I strongly encourage [the city], if you are able to do so, to have animal control," he said. "It helps with leash laws and stray animals and also with public health concerns," Allee said.

Mayor Dexter Jones said it's something they will discuss at future meetings.

Meanwhile, the council went into an hour-long executive session to discuss personnel concerns. Mayor Jones wouldn't say exactly what the concerns were. However, on the agenda, there were a few personnel items including police department salaries. Also on the agenda was hiring Celeste Keeter full-time for treasurer, voter registrar and court clerk. Those items will be voted on at next Monday's meeting, Jones said. The council also will vote on the proposed budget.

Following are some of the highlighted items on the budget. Please note all items are not listed. A complete copy is available at Kingston City Hall.

General Fund

Local Optional Sales Tax $225,000

Alcoholic Beverage Tax $9,000

Electric $24,500

Insurance Premium Tax $37,500

Insurance License $2,750

General Business License $1,000

Garbage Collection Charge $53,000

Total General Revenues $482,800

Total City Revenues $661,700

Water Fund

Water Sales $180,000

Water Taps $3,000

Reconnect Fee $3,000

Total Water Fund $187,300

General and Administrative Budget

Council Salary $7,200

Mayor Salary $2,400

City Clerk Salary $33,000

City Attorney $5,000

Accounting and Auditing $12,000

Building Inspector $1,250

Office Supplies $4,500

Gas and Oil $1,500

City Hall Electricity $6,600

Total General/Administrative Budget $179,185

Public Safety

Police Chief Salary $36,400

Patrol Salary (two full-time) $48,000

Patrol Gas and Oil $6,000

Prisoner Cost $4,500

County Jail Fund $2,000

Total Public Safety $137,700

Public Works

Street Lighting $23,000

Cell phones $1,000

Animal Control $8,000

Landfill Fees $14,000

Gas and Oil $10,000

Total Public Works $119,700