Council approves $3.5 million FY17 budget
BY Jan Murray firstname.lastname@example.org
The Daleville City Council approved a $3.5 million budget for fiscal year 2017 during the Sept. 20 council meeting. The budget utilizes conservative monthly sales tax revenue of an estimated $125,000 or $1.5 million annually. The total figures are about the same as the budget passed for fiscal year 2016.The budget includes reinstituting the city’s pay scale to provide performance-based step increases. The council had voted last year to freeze cost of living raises.An increase in salary caps for the positions of city clerk and director of the Public Safety Department was also included. Each position can now pay a maximum of $52,000 for the coming year.The Daleville High School Band will received its usual $3,000 allocation from the city as will the high school’s Junior Reserve Officers Training Corps.The city will provide $2,000 to the Southeast Alabama Child Advocacy Center and $1,000 to the Organized Community Action Program.The city will spend $15,800 on various economic development and regional/community development and support. Included in that figure is $12,000 for Ozark-Dale County Economic Development Corporation, $2,000 for the Association of the United States Army, $1,000 to the Army Aviation Museum at Fort Rucker and $800 for new software for the online version of the municipal code.The city expects to spend just under a half million dollars for capital outlay and projects over the next 12 months. The most expensive of the planned projects is for the paving of Apache Drive, Blackhawk Drive and Skyline Drive at a cost of $226,720. An additional $60,800 will be spent on road striping and road signs. In addition, the continuation of sidewalk expansion via state grants will continue over the next year with the city spending $60,000 toward the project.The city Public Works Department will also purchase a new mosquito sprayer and related equipment and supplies for $12,500. Public Works requests approved, but not funded, included $45,000 for a new pole barn and gate opener and a new lawn mower costing about $10,000.The Department of Public Safety was allocated $85,200 for its capital outlay request. The DPS will spend approximately $78,000 on two additional police vehicles with complete equipment, a safety wall partition inside the front entrance of the public safety building and $4,700 for a shield radar display. Council members approved, but did not fund, a drone for the DPS at a cost of $2,500. Also approved, but not funded, was $3,000 worth of new flooring in the DPS building.The Recreation Department was funded for $10,500 for capital outlay. That amount includes $2,000 for a soft surface for the playground, an industrial fan for the Billy Adkins Community Center at a cost of approximately $1,500, and the hiring of seasonal part-time help at a cost of $7,000. Unfunded, but approved for the department, was $325,000 for Culpepper Park ball field lights and concrete poles, a multipurpose concession stand, estimated to cost $3,500 and outdoor courts at the community center for a cost of $7,600.The Senior Center will renovate its employee bathroom at an approved cost of $520. The center will also hire temporary part-time help for $600. An outdoor gazebo with concrete pad was approved at a cost of about $3,000, but was not funded.The city library was approved for $5,000 in funds for its programs and as a match for the Library Services and Technology Act grant that is funded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services. An additional $1,500 was approved for sealing and striping the library parking lot.Items in the budget approved, but not funded, can be expended if revenues become available during the fiscal year.In other council business, August bills totaling $78,919.32 were paid for August. That amount included the purchase of two new pool tables for the Recreation Department.The next regularly scheduled council meeting is set for Oct. 4 at 5:30 p.m. in the council chambers at city hall.