City revenue down for first quarter
by James Phillips
Feb 10, 2013 | 2032 views | 0 0 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Jasper Executive Secretary Laura Frazier and City Clerk Kathy Chambless look over results from last year’s municipal elections.Daily Mountain Eagle - James Phillips
Jasper Executive Secretary Laura Frazier and City Clerk Kathy Chambless look over results from last year’s municipal elections.Daily Mountain Eagle - James Phillips
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Revenue is down in the City of Jasper, compared to last year, according to a financial statement given by City Clerk Kathy Chambless earlier this week.

Chambless, speaking to members of the Jasper City Council during its meeting Tuesday, said overall revenue is behind for the first quarter of the 2013 fiscall year.

“With us having just recently adopted the budget, there is not that much to call your attention too, except revenue is so far not coming in as we would like to see it and as we have budgeted it,” Chambless said.

On Friday afternoon, Chambless said total revenue is down about 4 percent compared to the same time last year. She said the bulk of the deficit is from ad valorum returns.

“We think that is just a reflection of how the receipts are coming in,” she said. “The ad valorum revenue depends on when people go to the courthouse to pay their taxes. We’ll know a little more about it after this next quarter.”

Sales tax revenue is also down .66 percent, Chambless said.

“That’s a concern, because we don’t really know why sales tax is lower this year,” she said. “We have an idea that internet sales may be a factor. We hope those numbers will see an improvement in the second quarter as well.”

Chambless said expenses within the city are within budget.

“That is a good, positive thing,” she said.

Chambless told council members to expect more frequent reports from her in the coming months.

“All-in-all, the only issue is really watching how revenue comes in,” she said. “You will begin to see more reports from me as we get into the year.”

In other action, the council:

•Appointed the Rev. J.B. Vincent to the Jasper Waterworks and Sewer Board.

•Approved a request by the Walker Baptist Association to hold a “Praying Across Alabama” service on the square at the Walker County Courthouse on Monday, March 11, at 2 p.m.

•Approved a parade permit for the Arc of Walker County to hold a 5k run on Saturday, March 16. The run will begin at Gamble Park.