Thorsby council approves budget

Published 8:13 pm Monday, October 3, 2011

The Thorsby Town Council approved the revenue part of its 2012 budget Monday night.

The town projects it will take in $1,906,625 this year — that’s up from the $1.797 million budget for 2011. Actual revenue numbers from 2011 were not available Monday night, but Mayor Dearl Hilyer estimated those at around $1.8 million. The budgeted revenue includes both the general fund and the water department.

Hilyer said the forecasted revenue was conservative and estimates that the city will probably take in less property tax this year compared to last and only slightly more sales tax revenue.

“I went very cautious, very conservative with this (budget),” Hilyer told the council.

The council had not approved expenses by 7:30 p.m. Monday, but Hilyer said expenses would be less than budget revenue. Check for updated information about expenses or see Wednesday’s paper.

In other business, the council took the following actions:

•Approved a resolution to honor the North Chilton Orioles 11-and-under baseball team for winning the Dizzy Dean Baseball State Championship. The resolution will be given to the boys and their coaches during the Swedish Festival later this month.

•Public Works Director Terry Jackson announced the county had finished moving a town water line that ran along County Road 231. Work is being done on the highway, requiring both the county and Thorsby to move water lines.

•Moved the Oct. 17 scheduled council meeting to Oct. 10 to accommodate a needed public hearing concerning an alcohol license.

•Approved using up to $2,000 of cemetery fund money to construct an arch at the entrance of Concordia Cemetery, also called the Scandinavian Cemetery. The arch is expected to be in place by the Swedish Festival. Originally, an arch once stood at the cemetery’s entrance.

•Tabled a resolution concerning a donation to the PEECH organization. The council decided that it wanted to finish its budget before making a final decision on a possible donation.