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Statham plans 3rd budget meeting

POSTED: June 1, 2014 12:00 p.m.

Statham officials will hold another budget workshop Tuesday as they prepare for a vote later this month.

City officials and staff are winding down on the 2014-2015 fiscal year budget process as they have their final meetings over the next couple weeks. This year’s budget process has involved discussion over some issues with new software the city has been using for balance reports.

A final public hearing for the budget will take place during the June 17 city council meeting and officials will vote on the budget on June 24. The proposed budget is expected to be available at city hall this upcoming week for people to see.

City Clerk Harriet Kilpatrick has been working with the company that provided the software and the city’s accountant to resolve the problems. One of the issues has been that the definition of "revenues and expenses" is different in some areas compared to the previous system.

When the budget process started there was $129,000 more expenditures than revenue. That first draft had $2.4 million in expenditures.

The proposed budget includes $26,000 for a new position with the street department and the police department has a 3 percent pay increase for employees that would total $9,000.

Chief Steve Martin said last week that officers are spending more time on other tasks than their job requires and that arrests are up significantly this year. He has said that he would search for a way to find the $9,000 if city officials did not approve the raise in the budget.

 

What to know:

Statham's proposed budget will be available beginning this week for inspection at City Hall between the hours of 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Budget Timeline: Tuesday 6 p.m.— Workshop, June 17 7 p.m.—Public Hearing, June 24 7 p.m.— Budget will be voted on.

 

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