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October 24, 2013

Annetta finally adopts budget

By CHRISTIN COYNE

ANNETTA – While acknowledging a need for additional city road repair funding, the Annetta town council recently adopted the proposed city budget for the current fiscal year.

With no city property tax, council members had little wiggle room to bring in additional revenue to cover what all appeared to agree are needed city road projects.

Because it is not yet clear exactly how the recent annexation of the now southern portion of Annetta will affect revenues, the Annetta budget conservatively estimates how the increase in population will affect revenue and assumes that sales tax revenue will remain flat, according to city officials.

Council member Larry Wood, who handles the city’s road repair work, said the budget sets aside $33,000 for roads and he expects to use $30,000 to put down 2 inches of asphalt on portions of Highland Road totaling three-tenths of a mile in length.

SeeHe will be keeping back $3,000 to fix potholes, Wood said.

The town currently has an estimated 18.5 miles of roads and $30,000 isn’t going to cover needed maintenance, according to Wood, who added that winter, a season particularly hard on roadways, is approaching.

Asked by council member George Ripley how much money was needed to keep the roadways in repair, Wood said they might survive in the range of $60,000.

Wood also acknowledged that the city does not have the revenue to do so in the budget.

Echoed by several other council members, Ripley said that as the city learns what the revenue is going to be during the current fiscal year, additional funds need to be channeled to the roads.

Council member Bruce Moore, who was the sole member of the council to vote against adoption of the $166,000 general fund budget, expressed concern that the revenue estimates were too conservative given the recent annexation.

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