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V.G. Council adopts budget

By Desiree Taylor

The Selma Times-Journal

VALLEY GRANDE — The Valley Grande City Council met for the last meeting of the fiscal year Monday evening to discuss and adopt the 2011-2012 budget.

Valley Grande Mayor Tom Lee presented the budget again before the council, going over each category in detail. With categories including donations to fire departments and sewer, utilities, school, miscellaneous, personnel, public safety and business and community development expenses to name a few, the total budget expenses for the year was $675,000 and the total income was $688,000.

“Our income worksheet, we anticipate and project business license income actually down a little bit at $30,000,” Lee said. “We’re probably right on top of $32,000 and we’re a little nervous about what’s going to happen this coming year … for the first time in several years, and without any contributions from sales, we have a very level, balanced budget.”

Lee said he hopes any additional money that comes in to the city would be used for bettering the community.

“Monies we hope, we anticipate we’re going to get … can be put towards improvements on what we’ve already done,” Lee said.

Lee also said additional projections in the budget include cable, permit income, Alabama Power license franchise fee, grants and park rentals.

In a previous council meeting concerning the city’s budget, Lee said, the city has a completely balanced budget.

“We should be in pretty good shape, hopefully, and I suspect that we might make some minor adjustments to it, but it looks like we’re gonna be fine,” Lee said.

During Monday’s meeting, the council also discussed a possible vicious dog ordinance for the city and a final legal solution to the sewer problems affecting residents in the Overlook Hills housing community.
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