White approves $445,000 budget, Christmas tree lighting
by Mark Andrews
Nov 14, 2011 | 1697 views | 0 0 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The White City Council on Monday, Nov. 7, approved its $445,000 budget for the 2012 fiscal year.

Governing body costs, planning commission costs and administrative costs total $124,140; municipal court costs and police costs total $147,600; public works costs total $143,300; the water and sewer department expects $228,000 in revenue and $219,500 in expenditures; the city is expecting to see $180,000 in Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax revenue and a little more than $1 million in total revenue.

City Manager Jane Richards said the Barry Drive sewer project is nearing completion. The budget includes continuing the following SPLOST projects -- the Phase II Sewer Project to provide sanitary sewer throughout the city; general water and sewer projects as well as general road projects; a sidewalk project; a public building project; and recreation.

The total spent thus far on the general projects and recreation project is $273,880 and the city has budgeted a total of $1.7 million for the projects.

The city has not begun the sidewalk project or public building project.

Richards said part of the general water and sewer projects includes replacing an aging water main.

"Well 5 has a water filtration system, and we're working to filter wells 1 and 2," Richards said. "Part of that project will be replacing an old 2-inch water main that runs down school street with a 6-inch main. We've had a lot of problems with [the 2-inch main], it was probably put in back in the [1950s]."

She said the city also will build a new house to accommodate the filters.

In other city of White news, Richards said the council approved a Christmas tree ceremony organized by the city's festival committee.

"What we're going to do is we're going to try and purchase about a 12-foot outdoor artificial tree ... and we're going to have it here near city hall," Richards said. "We want the community come together and we're going to sing some Christmas songs. The kids might enjoy that and we'll just have a little tree lighting."

The lighting is scheduled for Friday, Dec. 2, at city hall.