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Huntingdon Approves Budget, Tax Rate

HUNTINGDON (June 26) The Mayor and Council of the Town of Huntingdon approved the 2018-2019 fiscal year budget and tax rate during its Tuesday, June 26 meeting.

On the second and final reading the Council unanimously approved a tax rate of $1.34 per $100 assessed value on real property for both residential and commercial property and ad valorem tax on commercial equipment and furnishings.

During the first reading of the budget on June 12, Mayor Dale Kelley listed items of note included in the FY 2019 budget: purchase of two vehicles for various departments; sidewalk construction in the area near the middle school (with 100 percent Safe Routes to Schools grants); Phase II of the Kelley Sports Complex addition; sewer system improvements; replacement of the Buena Vista Road sewer pumping station; street paving; and a $.15 per hour raise for employees with an additional $.15 on the hire date anniversary.

He said, “As mayor and town council, it is our goal through Fiscal Year 2019 to continue building infrastructure and laying the groundwork to secure the needs of future generations. The 2019 budget continues our efforts for economic growth and development by support of the Huntingdon Industrial Development Board and the Carroll County Chamber of Commerce.”

In the FY 2019 budget, General Fund estimated revenues and transfers total $5,405,300 and expenses and transfers out total $5,393,020. Drug Control Fund estimated revenues total $12,050 and expenses total $27,600, with the deficit funded from prior year reserves. Solid Waste Collection Fund estimated revenues and expenses each total $255,000. Dixie Carter Performing Arts Special Project Fund estimated revenues and transfers in total $779,650 and expenses total $779,300. Carroll County Watershed Special Project Fund estimated revenues total $50 with no expenses. Utility Fund estimated revenues total $3,150,337 and expenses and transfers out total $2,743,670. Public Improvement Fund estimated revenues total $50 and expenses total $124,500, with the deficit funded from prior year reserves.

Bids for the construction of a concession building at Kelley Sports Complex Phase II included electrical work and masonry work. Jones Electric and Automation of McKenzie was awarded the bid at $79,790 for the electrical work over Miller Contractors of Jackson with a bid of $89,538. The lone masonry bid from Miller Contractors at $71,575 was rejected and the project will be rebid.

A municipal election to elect three councilpersons on November 6 was approved for submission to the Carroll County Election Commission. The elective four-year terms of John Sanders, Melissa Powell, and Jeff Bailey expire in November.

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