Council gets first look at $13M budget

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Members of the Andalusia City Council got homework Tuesday, in the form of a proposed $13.4 million budget for the fiscal year that begins Oct. 1.

The budget includes $12.1 million in expenditures and $1.3 million for the city’s contingency fund. State law requires municipalities to set aside 10 percent for contingencies, but those funds can be spent later in the year.

Council members were asked to review the budget, which is expected to be approved at the next meeting. As proposed, the budget does not continue last year’s 2 percent cost-of-living raise, but there is time for the council to amend it.

–Michele Gerlach

In action items, the council:

• Agreed to sell surplus vehicles at the online site

• Renamed Blueberry Hill, a short street with only one resident, Rosewood Lane. The resident of what is currently Blueberry Hill actually uses a Rosewood Lane address.

• Announced three openings on the Community Enhancement Committee; and one opening each on the Planning Commission, Industrial Development Board; Andalusia Public Library Board; and the Tourism and Relocation Board.