Hearing on $12M budget is today: Brookhaven anticipates no tax increase in new budget year

Published 10:07 am Tuesday, August 25, 2015

The Brookhaven Board of Aldermen will have a public hearing on the city budget today at 5:30 p.m.

For weeks leading up to the start of the new fiscal year on Oct. 1, city officials and agencies have been preparing the 2015-2016 budget. Agencies and organizations that receive money from the city present to the board requests for continuation of funds, and the board discusses factors that warrant any changes.

The city of Brookhaven anticipates no tax increase in the new budget. According to city officials, revenue for 2015-2016 is estimated to increase $75,000 and other receipts are expected to increase 10 percent.

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The mayor and Board of Aldermen urge all residents, especially those wishing to make recommendations or comments on the budget, to attend and do so at the hearing. Thus far in budgetary work sessions the city has discussed the following: adding funds for the purchase of body cameras for the police department; erecting a fence around Rose Hill Cemetery; adding three additional personnel to the fire department; improving the city pound per the Brookhaven Animal Rescue League’s recommendations; requests for consideration of a possible public pool; and a 2 percent raise for all city employees.

No decisions are final until the budget is adopted, and are up for discussion until then. Thus far, the budget contains the 2 percent raise for all city employees, police body camera funds, an allocation for the Rose Hill Cemetery fence and pound improvement funds, which look likely to be approved.

City Clerk Mike Jinks said last week that the 2014-2015 general fund budget was approximately $12 million, and that this coming fiscal year’s budget is expected to stay close to the $12 million mark.

The mayor and Board of Aldermen anticipate adopting the 2015-2016 proposed budget at the regular board meeting Sept. 15. at 6:30 p.m.