SPRINGVILLE — The city council passed its budget for Fiscal Year 2013 at its regular meeting Monday night.
Council members expressed contentment with the budget, which projects just over $3.7 million in general fund revenues and expenditures, along with an additional $1.63 million for water. The budget also includes a 5 percent merit raise for city employees, the first such raise in three years.
It is a marked improvement for the city, which rolled many city employees back to 32 hours and froze new hires and merit raises in June of 2010, in anticipation of a budget shortfall.
“We’ve been able to have a conservative outlook with a cautiously optimistic growth plan,” said Mayor William Isley. “It’s really just the fact that we’ve been able to keep a really good monthly inspection of our budget.
“We analyzed our expenditures and kept everything flat for the most part.”
The city also passed a 1-cent increase in local sales tax in the summer of 2011, owing to expenses related to its participation in the Coosa Valley Water Supply District.
“We had some increases, which will enable us to do some projects we’ve been wanting to get done,” Isley said. “We have a police and fire building that’s about 60 percent complete. We have a sports park that’s about 60-90 days away from opening. And we’ve been able to put a good bit of money into Big Springs Park, as well.”
A summary from budget committee chairman Chip Martin states that the city is anticipating a 2 percent increase in revenue in FY 13. The city is budgeting $50,000 to paving projects, $50,000 for improvements at the city’s baseball fields — including fences and backstops — and $30,000 to hire a full-time director of the city’s Parks Department.
Martin said the city may post that job in January or February.
Additionally the city is planning to complete a second walking track at Big Springs Park ($10,000) and to build a new building at the sports complex ($10,000).
Councilman Herbert Toles was complimentary of the committee’s efforts.
“I attended a budget committee meeting,” he said. “If you haven’t been to a meeting, you should go to one to see all the work they are putting in.
“I think they did a really good job putting this budget together. We’ve been really conservative, and I think that’s why we’re in the shape we are now.”
The budget passed unanimously after recommendations from both Martin and Isley. Toles moved to pass the budget, and councilman Wayne Tucker offered a second.
“I thank you for the job you did,” he said. “I know it’s not something I’d want to do.”
In other business, the council:
• Approved the August 2012 budget report.
• Approved a proclamation for “Pro Bono Week,” which will be Oct. 21-27 across the state.
• Approved the permit application for the Homecoming Parade on Oct. 12.
• Approved the minutes of the Sept. 17 regular meeting.