Accountant Rheba Henderson congratulated the City Council Tuesday after passing City and Public Works Authority budgets totaling  $1,030,395.


Accountant Rheba Henderson congratulated the City Council Tuesday after passing City and Public Works Authority budgets totaling  $1,030,395.

 

“I commend you on your management of city government,” Henderson said. “The (utility) rates you have passed have made for much better financial health for your community.

 

The council voted 3-0 to pass the $585,045 City of Wilson budget and the $445,350 Wilson Public Works Authority budget. City Council member Nita Seagroves was absent.

 

Although sales tax revenues fell from last year’s budgeted amount by roughly $14,520, Mayor Bud Young said the drop was less than expected.

 

Young said there were no drastic cuts to the city budget, only conservative spending. That restraint allowed the city to retain its staff with no layoffs.

 

However, Assistant City Clerk Elaine Blackburn said planned pay raises for the police and street department were removed from the budget at the request of the council.

 

“So far, we’ve been able to stay where we’re at,” Young said.

 

The two projects given the highest budgetary priority are the continued sewer upgrades, budgeted for $325,000, and street repairs and resurfacing budgeted for $175,000.

 

After passing the 2010-2011 budget, the council approved three amendments to the 2009-2010 budget to satisfy Oklahoma law requirements.

 

Included in those amendments was a move of $13,140 from the general fund to the street and alley, dispatch and senior citizen funds.

 

The council tabled further discussion regarding a $50-a-month phone allowance for the fire chief and police officers and a $30-a-month clothing allowance for volunteer firefighters. City Council member Ron Alexander said he wanted the fire chief’s input before making any decisions.

 

“I’m proud that we’re doing as good as we’re doing,” Young said of the budget. “I’m happy to be a part of it.”