Published On: Thu, Sep 19th, 2013

Randolph city budget down, tax request up

RANDOLPH — Randolph City Council members approved a budget Sept. 11 that is close to $191,165 less than last year’s budget.

The city’s budget for 2013-14 was set at $2,270,067. Last year’s budget was fixed at $2,461,233.

This year’s budget includes $150,000 for a renovation project at the city auditorium.

An application has been made to obtain a grant which will bring in funds to help pay for the project, according to City Administrator Cinda Jones.

“If the grant is secured, the funds will pay for 50 percent of the project,” Jones said.

An amount of $25,000 was added to cover the cost of an economic director and there was also an increase in the payroll for city employees.

Last year’s budget included funds used for the downtown project that involved paving streets, water mains, storm sewers and underground electrical wiring for street lights.

The figures were reflected in last year’s budget although funds that came in from a city sales tax went toward the downtown project.

Funds for painting the water tower and purchasing a garbage truck were also included in last year’s budget.

Even though the budget amount is down from last year, city tax payers will see an increase in the levy for 2013.

This year’s levy of .8328 is up from last year’s levy of .6500.

The city’s general levy and a bond levy are down a small amount but the levy for a bond for the fire district brought the figure for the total levy up.

The fire district bond was set up to pay for a new fire truck which cost a little over $258,000. The truck was ordered in March but has not been delivered, yet.

Randolph voters gave their approval on the bond by a 318-74 margin in the General Election last November.

The timing was good for making the purchase, according to Councilman Tim Lemmons.

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