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Council passes 2012 budget

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Sam Glover
The Brazil City Council met Wednesday night for its final meeting concerning the 2012 budget.

At the meeting, finishing touches were put on the budget before it was ultimately approved.

The council first discussed some of the parameters of the budget to make sure everyone was on the same page.

"Our motion that was made at the last meeting was that we would go back to the departments and ask for everyone to go back to their 2011 budget," Council member Sam Glover said. "But there was a couple of exceptions ... one of them was for ... health insurance increases and there was also something about the fire department."

Clerk-Treasurer Karen McQueen responded.

"All salaries (were reviewed)," McQueen said. "We have that six-year tier, so we had to go back through and figure out what tier system and the rates of pay."

McQueen also discussed a slight change in the fire departments budget.

(The Fire Department) now has a phone item ... they do the phone reimbursement and fire now has that in their budget," she said.

The total amount for the 2012 budget is $4,184,629.

Before accepting the budget, the council took a few moments to reflect on the progress it has made with the city's financial situation.

"In the long run ... what I came up with was after we made all these cuts, doing what we did, we still cut over $200,000 off the budget," Council member Brad Deal said. "We were asked to cut 185,000."

Glover interjected, "So we still could have a surplus at the end of this year."

"If we do keep it like this, then what we're looking at, there will be some extra funds for each department," Deal said.

Glover then talked about what the economic state of Brazil was like when the council and mayor were elected.

"Four years ago, when this session of council and mayor-ship started, we were $900,000 in debt," Glover said, "and at the end of last year it was all the way down to (approximately) 167,000, (and) this year it was down to (approximately) 67,000.

And next year we should have a surplus, so there have been some really hard decisions made by this group of people."

Deal said, "To my understanding, for the mayor, this is the first time the city is possibly ever going to be where it wasn't in debt, that we've actually had the possibility of a surplus, I know Pat (Heffner) would know."

Council member Heffner added, "It took seven years to get out of the red and we got in the black, but we didn't have a surplus."

The motion was made to accept the 2012 budget and it passed, all in favor, 5-0.

The next scheduled city council meeting will be Nov. 9. The meeting will take place at 7 p.m., in Brazil City Hall.

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Of Course they paint a rosy picture during election time..Mz McQueen wants re-elected. Her husband is on the fire department and he is the current fire inspector extra $$. and the current Mayor wants a positive advertisement for her current election...Duh!!!

-- Posted by xray on Thu, Oct 27, 2011, at 10:12 PM

I am curious what our city officials consider the word "debt" to mean.

Glover stated that the city was $900,000.00 in debt 4 years ago, and now our debt is $67,000.00 and Brad Deal suggests that this is the first time the city won't be in debt.

The city is in debt, so these statements are misleading.

According to the SBOA Annual Audit for the city of Brazil FYE 2010 (page 24), the city has long term debt of $10,927,000.00, and interest due on this debt for 1 year was $839.000.00.

There will only be a surplus of money if our local government doesn't spend more than is budgeted. This administration has a history of overdrawn account balances (from 2007 to present). The General Fund had an overdrawn cash balance of $133,000.00 in 2010. (Reference SBOA Audit. FYE 2010)

The SBOA (State Board of Accounts) have suggested that City Officials "develop and implement Internal Controls over receipting, disbursing, recording and accounting of financial activities which would provide reliable records and accurate financial statements." (page 25, 2010 Annual Financial Report)

I am disappointed that our city council would imply the city has no debt. Maybe the word "deficit" would have been a better fit.

-- Posted by rukiddingme62 on Fri, Oct 28, 2011, at 9:15 AM

MCqueen will say anything to be re-elected,remember the money she had to return,and her husband is a fireman and the inspector thanks to current mayor.Its time to change things in this election!

-- Posted by clycogrl on Fri, Oct 28, 2011, at 9:50 AM

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