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Grayson Council balances budget, hears first reading

A balanced budget is was presented to Grayson City Council on Thursday, July 18. It was the first reading of the ordinance containing the budget and no vote was required.

The proposed budget allotted for nearly a $24,000 increase in the occupational tax revenue compared to a budget that was proposed earlier this month.

Mayor George Steele said he felt confident the increase in estimated tax revenue will be there to cover expenses as the city has received more than budgeted each year.

The city is expecting $2,684,269.31 in revenue and the same amount in expenditures, leaving no positive or negative balance.

Despite estimating a higher income from the occupational tax, $52,287.08 was cut from the budget proposed earlier this month. Cuts were made from the police department and parks and recreation department.

Grayson Police Department will take the largest hit, losing $65,397.50 from the earlier proposed budget. Police Chief Kevin McDavid confirmed with the council that he would not be filling a currently vacant full-time position due to the cut.

McDavid expressed the cut will hurt the department as they will be down two full-time officers once school reconvenes in August. One officer position not filled plus another officer going back into the school system under the School Resource Officer program.

However, the department will still have a part-time position to fill.

The parks and recreation department has a $9,800 cut from their original proposed budget. Cemetery maintenance will lose $4,000 and park maintenance will lose $6,800.

However, the administration, street, and fire departments saw increases.

The administration will gain $3,602.81 for building maintenance and FICA/Medicare payments.

The street department will see $14,289.77 more than before, primarily for road resurfacing and repairs.

The $2,116.82 readded to the fire department’s budget will be used for uniforms and maintenance.

A second reading and vote are scheduled for Thursday, July 25 at 6 p.m. at City Hall.

Editor’s Note: The figures presented in this article are compared to a proposed budget handed out at the council’s regular meeting on Monday, July 15. They are not compared to last year’s budget.

Cory Claxon can be reached at cclaxon@cartercounty.news or by phone at (606) 225-5912.

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