Clinton Budget Process Begins with “Balanced” Proposal

 Clinton City Council was presented with a proposed budget for the fiscal year beginning July 1st at their budget workshop Monday afternoon.  Council’s deliberations and decisions over the next few weeks will finalize the budget but once again, they begin with a balanced budget.

City Manager Frank Stovall presented the budget.  He was joined by the management team including:  Renee Morrow – Chief Financial Officer, Robin Morse – Director of Public Safety, Michael Reddeck – Director of Public Works, and Joey Meadors – Director of Administrative Services.

The budget envisions revenue in the General Fund of $6,101,512 while the Utility Fund is projected to generate revenue of $21,524,063.

The budget does include a small increase in the city’s garbage collection fees but proposes no increase in property taxes or license fees.

Two types of raises for Clinton’s employees are built into the budget.  A Cost of Living Increase of 0.5% for all employees along with a merit based raise ranging from 0 to 1.5% based on each employee’s score on the annual evaluation.

The budget also includes an increase in expense for the Department of Public Safety due to needed equipment replacements as outlined on WLBG News Tuesday.

There was no vote on Monday afternoon.  City Council received the budget and an overview of it.  One more budget workshop is scheduled before council will take a formal vote.  Two readings with affirmative votes will be required before the budget becomes official.