The city budget is now done!

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June 24, 2022
By: Dwayne Page

A done deal!

At a special meeting convened Thursday evening, the Mayor and the College of Aldermen of Smithville passed second and final reading after a public hearing adopting the Budget Ordinance for the 2022-23 fiscal year. which begins July 1.

Water and sewer rates, which rose 2% last year, will increase 4%, but city property tax rates will remain the same at 0.7523 cents per $100 of assessed value , which should generate $1,350,000.

The budget calls for an 11% wage increase for all city employees.

New water rates for city customers will be $7.70 per thousand gallons of use. Fares for customers outside the city limits will be $11.55 per mile. Municipal sewer customers will pay $7.17 per mile. Connection fees are also increased.

In addition to salary increases, the mayor’s salary is increased from $1,000 to $2,000 per month ($24,000 per year). The salary of each of the five city aldermen will also be doubled from $50 to $100 per meeting (regular and special meetings) and will include shop meetings (up to $2,400 per year in total budgeted for each member).

The new budget also includes the addition of a third paid firefighter (budgeted salary of $35,131 plus benefits); make the airport manager position part-time to full-time (budgeted salary of $40,000 plus benefits), increase the salary of the golf shop/pool manager to ($36,000 plus benefits), increase the salary of 25 volunteer firefighters from $25 to $35 per call (total budget $70,000); purchase of a small garbage truck ($115,000), two police cars and related equipment ($82,000), a new roof for the town hall ($100,000); two new heating and air units for City Hall ($42,000); refurbishment of the playground and benches in Green Brook Park ($48,000); tire changer and balancer for the public works department ($15,000); fire department portable radios, new air bags and monitor, van and on-site job training (total $61,000). Funds are also included for street paving ($335,000 including a $250,000 grant); $699,012 in airport clearing grant; Capital additions to water and sewer service: meter reading software ($12,000), tube settlers ($30,000), and sewer line replacement ($703,000 using half funding from the Federal American Rescue Plan Act grant).

Through a long-standing agreement, the City of Smithville, DeKalb County government, and DeKalb School District share the annual cost of paying two morning and after-school zone traffic control officers. noon (during the school year) at Northside Elementary School and DeKalb Middle School/DCHS. The positions are occupied by two constables who each earn $17 per hour up to a maximum of 440 hours per year. Subject to final approval from funding agencies, the city, county and school district are planning to increase their share of the cost this year to bring officers up to $20 an hour for this service.
The city’s annual contribution to the Smithville-DeKalb County Rescue Squad is increased from $2,000 to $3,000 with the passage of this budget.

General fund debt service for the new police department building is expected to be $172,550 for the year, including $100,000 in principal payments and $72,550 in interest on long-term debt.

According to the budget, the city’s general fund is expected to end 2022-23 with a surplus of $244,440, but the water and sewer fund surplus is expected to be only $6,403 by now. June 30, 2023.

Final cash flow by June 30, 2022 in the general fund is estimated at $5,873,189 and $3,803,848 in the water and sewer fund.

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