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Falkville approves $2.3 million budget

Falkville Town Council approved a $2,339,570 general fund budget for FY 2019-2020 at a regular meeting Sept. 9. 

“We anticipate revenues and expenditures being about the same as they were this past year,” said Mayor Ken Winkles. “Revenues are projected to exceed expenditures by $73,515.”

The budget, which becomes effective Oct. 1, includes a one-step pay increase and a 1 percent cost of living adjustment for employees, subject to the action of the council at midyear.

A breakdown of projected expenditures is as follows: 

  • administration, $443,595
  • court, $186,114
  • police, $554,690
  • fire, $48,750
  • special gasoline fund, $215,550
  • water and sewer, $575,119
  • public works, $242,267

The council also approved purchases totaling $15,053.29 for police officers. 

Replacement body armor for seven officers was approved at a cost of $5,319.79, with a payment of $2,279.91 due in FY 2018/2019 and the remainder coming due in FY 2019/2020. Six hand-held radios were approved at a cost of $9,733.50, with equal payments coming out of FY 2018/2019 and FY 2019/2020 budgets.

Seven employees received long service awards from Winkles: Jeff Pike, 14 years; Jill Walling, nine years; Aaron Burgess, nine years; Seth Sullivan, six years; William Riley, four years; Kay Saint, three years; and Lance Stidham, three years. 

The council also:

  • Approved the renewal of a one-year contract with the Morgan County Emergency Communications District for $2,010.89 per month
  • Approved the purchase of a sewer line camera for approximately $8,500
  • Approved an updated Personnel Position/Grade Analysis Scale 
  • Declared a printer and other items in the utilities department as surplus property and authorized their disposal
  • Authorized police officer Levi George to attend the APOST Refresher Academy at a cost of $2,221.90
  • Approved a contract with the Morgan County Board of Education for an SRO for Falkville schools 
  • Approved a contract renewal with the USGS Department of Interior for a gauging station at Flint Creek Bridge on Highway 55 for $15,500
  • Approved a payment of $44,236 to Peck-Glasgow Insurance Co. for annual liability insurance
  • Appropriated $5,000 each to Falkville High School and Falkville Elementary School for updates to video camera systems