Quarterly financial report shows city budget on track
by JENNIFER COHRON
Jul 18, 2012 | 1395 views | 0 0 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Members of the Jasper City Council learned during Tuesday’s meeting that nearly all departments are operating within budget.

City Clerk Kathy Chambless, who delivered the third quarter financial report to the council, said the only department not currently within budget could potentially be brought back in line by the end of the fiscal year.

She said the alcohol fund is doing well following an $85,000 amendment approved by the council several months ago and that the garbage fund is also within budget .

Chambless predicted that a $60,000 budget amendment would be needed soon for the corrections fund because fine revenue is down for the year.

Chambless told the council that revenue for the general fund is coming in as expected and $80,000 in the Alabama Trust Fund should help the city end the fiscal year on a positive note.

“All in all, I think our fund balance will be increased $100,000 for this year,” Chambless said.

In other action, the council:

•Agreed to enter into an agreement with the Alabama Department of Transportation for improvements to Industrial Parkway and Industrial Way to benefit AMTEX Inc. and Fontaine Trailer Company.

•Approved a request to purchase a lawn mower to be used in cemetery upkeep. City planner Keith Pike said the equipment will cost approximately $5,600, which is expected to come out of a fund designated for Oak Hill Cemetery.

•Adopted an ordinance to exempt certain items during the state’s annual back-to-school sales tax holiday.

•Adopted a resolution for nuisance abatement.

•Adopted the city’s annual resolution to fund public transportation.

•Accepted bids for inmate food as well as surfaces and fencing for the new Miracle Field.

•Approved spending $350 to allow police chief Connie Rowe to attend Leadership Walker County.

•Recognized Kevin Callahan, county chairman for the United Way of Central Alabama’s fundraising campaign.

Callahan asked for the support of city leaders in not only their own giving but in convincing others to contribute as well. Callahan said the goal for the year is expected to be about $1.1 million.