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Mayor introduces budget for Fiscal 2020

Thursday, August 22, 2019

Jasper City Council members are expected to vote on the city’s budget for Fiscal 2020 during the council’s next meeting on Sept. 3.

The proposed budget was introduced by Mayor David O’Mary during Tuesday’s city council meeting.

O’Mary said lots of work has gone into putting together the pro‑posed budget for the city. He said city clerk Kathy Chambless is to be commended for her work on the new budget.

“I want to thank her for bringing this budget together on a timely basis,” O’Mary said, “and putting it in a concise format that can be easily understood.

”The proposed budget for Fiscal 2020 is up $1.3 million from the Fiscal 2019 budget, O’Mary said. “That’s progress,” he added.

Projected expenses for Fiscal 2020 are $19.717 million.

“What jumps out to me is that our projected operating surplus for Fiscal 2020 is $1.543 million,” O’Mary said.  “That’s an unprecedented number.

”“If this budget we’re proposing today becomes a reality, at the end of the fiscal year our fund balance will be $7 million,” he added.

That number, O’Mary said, represents a 270 percent increase of what is required for city’s to maintain in reserves. “You won’t find many municipalities that can make that claim,” he said.

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In other business, council members:

•approved the appointment of Dr. LoRissia Autery to the city’s Medical Clinic Board at the O’Mary’s request. Autry will be the first female physician to serve on the board, O’Mary said.
•approved event permits for:— the Walker County Arts Alliance’s Tasting of the Arts, set for Tuesday, Aug. 27, from 6 until 9 p.m.
— Twisted Barley’s second anniversary party, set for Friday, Aug. 30, from 5 p.m. until midnight.
— a Walk for Hope sponsored by Hope for Women, planned for Saturday, Sept 21, beginning at 9 a.m. at Gamble Park.
— an End the Stigma Walk set for Sept 22 from 1 until 3 p.m. in recognition of National Recovery Month.
•adopted an amendment to the city’s budget to provide additional funding for replacing street signs, lighting at city parks and a drain‑age project in the Pinecrest subdivision.
•approved overnight travel for city clerk Kathy Chambless to attend the CMC/MMC Fall Certification program Aug. 27‑28 in Tuscaloosa.
•approved a request to purchase a fire truck and tractor from the state bid list or cooperative program.
•adopted a resolution to declare surplus property as unneeded.
•adopted a resolution to allow O’Mary to enter into a contract to sell property located on Walston Bridge Road for $112,000.
•adopted a resolution to allow O’Mary to sign the Fiscal 2020 nutrition agreement with the Middle Alabama Agency on Aging.
•adopted a resolution to set costs for properties placed on the city’s nuisance abatement ordinance. The council also voted to place several properties under the ordinance for being unsafe structures or having overgrown grass and weeds.
•introduced an ordinance to amend a city zoning ordinance to allow for modular housing in certain zoning districts.
•introduced an ordinance to zone property located at 4227 Walk‑er County Lake Road from MR (municipal reserve) to AG (agricultural).
•adopted an ordinance to annex property at 146 Jones Road.
•adopted an ordinance to annex property just north of 203 Carl Cannon Blvd. in District 1.•heard from O’Mary, who told council members that city work‑ers are in the process of removing approximately 100 trees at Eagle Point Park that were found to be dead

Reprinted from the Daily Mountain Eagle with permission.

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