Senoia unanimously approves 2010 budget

Thu, 12/31/2009 - 12:39pm
By: Ben Nelms

The Senoia City Council last week unanimously approved a $2.1 million general fund budget for 2010. The sum represents an increase of $19,800, or .95 percent, over 2009.

“We worked hard to get requests in line,” said city administrator Richard Ferry. ”We cut purchases where we could with more efficiency.”

General fund highlights include the Police Department budget, the city’s largest, at $826,400, the Street and Highway budget at $325,000, Financial Administration at $414,000, the Municipal Court budget at $161,200 and Code Enforcement at $128,100.
Other budgeted funds include sanitation, water and sewer. The Sanitation Fund budget decreased from $218,000 in 2009 to $215,600 for 2010. Revenues in water and sewer services are expected to experience a small increase in 2010. As approved by the council, the Water Fund budget will increase to $662,800 in 2010 over the 2009 budget of $649,600, a difference of $13,200 or 2.03 percent.

Similarly, the Sewer Fund budget increased to $660,400 for 2010 compared to $635,700 in 2009, a difference of $24,700 or 3.89 percent.

The council at the meeting also considered increasing water and sewer rates to offset budget deficits. But council members voted hold off on any increases and review the situation in March to determine if the mid-2009 water rate increase would generate sufficient revenue.

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