|Published: 9:16 AM, 08/14/2013
||Last updated: 9:17 AM, 08/14/2013
Author: Tommy Millsaps
Source: The Monroe County Advocate
SWEETWATER-Sweetwater might not exactly
be drowning in money or liquor, but the half-cent sales tax
referendum passed in 2011 and the opening of three liquor stores as
well has the city budget looking better and better.
During the Aug. 5, Sweetwater Mayor and
Board of Commissioners meeting,
City Recorder Jessica Morgan said the
extra sales tax revenue and liquor tax combined to bring in an extra $664,000 in revenue during the fiscal year that just ended June 30.
"That's a big reason the budget is
doing better than it was," she said.
But Morgan also praised the department
heads for staying within their budgets.
The city has an orderly plan to put
back money into the general fund for reserves each year.
Morgan told commissioners the city
received a very good and clean audit for the fiscal year that ended
June 30 for 2012. The audit results run about a year behind.
In other business, commissioners
approved Jacky Jones' bid for a new F-350 brush truck for the Street
Department at $29,645.
Commissioners also approved the final
reading of an ordinance that will allow First Assembly of God to
erect a new sign on their property. Johnny Sutton was named to the
Morgan said the city might look for
another alternative to the Code Red phone system for storm and other
warnings after this year. Code Red has purchased the city's original
carrier, Delta Alert. The city pays just under $3,000 to have an
automated phone calling service that warn residents via a phone call
in particular emergencies if they sign up for the free service.
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