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Brookhaven Board of Aldermen passes $14M budget

With little fanfare, aldermen passed a $14 million budget Tuesday night that won’t raise taxes for residents but does include a slight increase in water and sewer bills.

The final approved budget for 2017-2018 has a general fund budget of $14,204,800. That’s $1.44 million more than the current year.

The water and sewer budget is $3,235,300, while solid waste’s budget is $1,113,500.

Aldermen approved a $1.50 monthly increase on water rates and a $1.50 increase on sewer rates.

The city held several lengthy public work sessions to hash out details of the budget.

The vote on the finalized budget came near the end of the meeting. It was the 16th item on the budget and the last to be brought up before department heads and aldermen gave their reports. There was no discussion, just a 6-0 vote in favor of the water and sewer rate increases and the budgets for general, water/sewer and solid waste funds.

When it became Ward 1 Aldermen Dorsey Cameron’s turn to give his report, the aldermen was ready to discuss the budget.

“Are we going to vote on the budget tonight?” he asked.

“We just did,” Mayor Joe Cox told him.

In other business, aldermen approved the hiring of:

• Deanna Kerrie Huff as a non-certified police officer at $27,534 annually.

• Philandric Devon Clowers as a dispatcher at $10 hour.

• Philip Perkins as a certified police officer at $30,402 annually.

• Donald Campbell Jr. as a concrete finisher/brick layer at $14.50 per hour.