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Winder to vote next week on new budget

POSTED: May 25, 2014 12:00 p.m.

The Winder City Council is expected to vote next week on a new budget.

The proposed $33.2 million budget will likely be voted on at the June 3 city council meeting. The budget includes a nearly 12 percent increase last year primarily due to increases in the gas fund and a more accurate tally of what it costs to maintain buildings.

Last week city leaders held their final public hearing on the budget.

The budget $3.6 million budget increase includes a $1.4 million bump in the projected cost of natural gas. Also, the building fund is projected to increase from $484,000 to $600,000. City officials decided for the 2014 FY to create a separate fund to identify how much each building costs to maintain.

The budget also includes five fewer full-time employees compared to the current budget. The biggest change is in public works since the city has outsourced the department. The fire department could add four new employees if a new Miles Patrick Road fire station is built.

The city’s proposed budget also includes a 3 percent merit based increase in salaries and 5 percent increase for possible changes in the cost of insurance.

The most expensive capital project is $10 million in the budget for the water reservoir project that Winder is teaming up with Auburn to complete.

The Chimney’s Golf Course is projected this upcoming fiscal year to have around $934,000 in expenses and revenues.

The city could also spend $40,000 for a new website design and $80,000 for upgrades to 200 computers. Another $2.5 million could be spent on a network meter reading project for water and gas.

 

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