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Alexandria passes budget on first reading
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Alexandria’s 2011-12 budget was adopted on first reading last week.The property tax rate for the city has been established at .7896 cents per $100 of assessed value.Alexandria Aldermen passed the city's new budget on first reading Tuesday night.Second and final reading is scheduled to take place after a public hearing at the next meeting on Aug. 23 at 7 p.m. at city hall in Alexandria.The new budget will include higher water and sewer rates for Alexandria residents.The new rates were adopted in a separate ordinance and approved by the aldermen following a public hearing prior to action on the budget ordinance.The minimum bill for Alexandria water and sewer customers will increase by a total of ten dollars per month under the plan, going from $29.50 to $39.50.The rate in Alexandria will increase from $14.75 to $19.75 for a minimum bill up to 2,000 gallons.Customers will pay an extra 70 cents per additional 100 gallons of usage.The minimum sewer bill up to 2,000 gallons will also increase by $5.00, going from $14.75 to $19.75.Customers outside the corporate limits will see their water rates jump from $21.30 to $28.52 per month for a minimum bill of up to 2,000 gallons.Customers will pay an extra 70 cents per additional 100 gallons of usage per month.The City of Alexandria water supply is purchased from the Smith County Utility District.General Fund Revenues in the budget are projected at $323,404 including $80,546 from current property taxes, $11,000 from delinquent property taxes, and $24,000 from the beer tax along with intergovernmental taxes of $60,000, licenses and permits $500, fines $72,000, Utility in lieu of tax $9,358, other revenue $1,000; and remaining revenue $65,000.General Fund expenditures are budgeted at $316, 404 as follows:Administrative salaries: $32,032Audit: $4,000Election expense: $2,000Insurance & security bond: $12,000Legal: $20,000Office supplies: $5,000Park & recreation: $600OASI: $4,000Equipment & supplies: $5,000Building maintenance: $7,000Parade/Halloween: $1,000Senior citizens civic center: $5,000Unemployment taxes: $6,000Utilities & telephone $4,000Total:$107,632The Alexandria Police Department is budgeted as follows:Salaries: $85,860911: $21,660Gas & Oil: $15,000Office supplies: $3,000Repairs: $3,000Materials & supplies: $500Vehicle maintenance: $8,000Equipment & supplies: $7,000Total: $133,242The Alexandria Fire Department’s budget includes:Grant match: $5,000Gas & Oil: $1,000Total: $6,000Total General Fund Expenditures: $316,404The Industrial Development Fund is budgeted:Revenue: $20,632Expenditures:Marketing: $2,000Equipment: $3,000Other expenses: $15,632Total: $20,632State Aid Fund Budget:Income:State Gasoline & Fuel Tax: $42,000Expense:Automobile expense & gas: $3,000Materials & supplies: $3,000Payroll expenses: $300Equipment repair: $1,000Purchase of equipment: $4,000Utilities: $10,000Total: $22,300Water and sewer fund operating revenues are projected at $577,632.Total operating expenses are budgeted at $532,551Water/Sewer Fund Operating Revenues are budgeted at:Water: $427,020Sewer: $139,517Penalties: $4,500Other Income: $6,600Total: $577,632Operating Expenses:Office Supplies: $5,500Water Supplies: $19,000Water Samples: $480USDA Bonds: $26,000Audit: $2,450Annual dues: $2,000Utilities (Gas, Electric, Phone): $47,000Water Purchased: $234,243Salaries: $32,656Advertising: $300Bad debts (returned checks): $1,500Sewer supplies: $11,000Sewer samples: $11,000Insurance: $12,000Professional services (Accountant, Attorney): $12,000Postage (General, Bills): $4,000Contracted services: $83,422Contracted labor: $25,000Miscellaneous: $3,000Total: $532,551