Fulton council considers 2014 budget

Will continue discussion at work session, tentative retreat

The Fulton City Council discussed the proposed city budget for 2014 during its regular meeting Tuesday.

No budgetary decisions were made, but the council heard from Assistant Director of Administration Matt Harline and Chief Financial Officer Kathy Holschlag on a number of key elements.

Anticipated revenues in general, enterprise and other funds for 2014 totaled at about $41.82 million while anticipated expenditures are about $40.21 million. Anticipated capital outlay is just less than $4.5 million.

Harline said the budget as it was presented to the council was “workable” if passed, but acknowledged that the council would likely tweak and prioritize certain projects as was precedent, to which Mayor LeRoy Benton agreed.

“We should look at the capital budget from last year,” Benton said. “People want a new hangar at the airport, a new activity center and (want) to do something downtown. We’re spending the same money five or 10 different ways, so we need to sit down and figure out priorities.”

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