Com­mis­sion ap­proves bud­get for 2018

The Standard Journal - - LOCAL -

Cedar­town’s bud­get will be tight for the com­ing year, but city of­fi­cials ex­pect to still add money to the sur­plus that has been grow­ing for the past few years.

With 2017 com­ing to a close, Cedar­town Com­mis­sion­ers ap­proved the city’s bud- get ahead of the start of the new year, with the fi­nal fig­ures tal­lied at $7,787,055 in over­all rev­enue and $7,775,365 in ex­penses, al­low­ing for the fund bal­ance to grow by an­other $ 12,000 for the year.

Break­ing down ex­penses for the year, the city is still spend­ing the most on po­lice and fire­fight­ers, with the Cedar­town Po­lice De­part­ment ex­pected to cost $2,447,145 to op­er­ate and the Fire De­part­ment $1,342,468.

The City’s ad­min­is­tra­tive costs will sit at $1,383,450, and in­cludes all the city’s group health in­sur­ance cov­er­age for the year.

City Man­ager Bill Fann ex­plained that in the past, the de­part­ments have split up their health in­sur­ance costs and kept them sep­a­rate from each other, but in or­der to make the ac­count­ing eas­ier in the fu­ture they have been com­bined un­der the city’s ad­min­is­tra­tive cost struc­ture.

“That’s why we’ve seen a de­creases in the fire and po­lice de­part­ment bud­gets this year, mainly,” Fann said.

He said health in­sur­ance costs went up by 20 per­cent this year for the city, but that it was much bet­ter than the 53 per­cent ini­tial bid the city re­ceived for cov­er­age.

“Ev­ery­one is deal­ing with these is­sues, and not just in govern­ment ei- ther,” Fann said. “It’s a prob­lem in busi­ness too. It’s tough.”

One so­lu­tion the city is look­ing at in the fu­ture is us­ing Pri­mary Health­care to al­low em­ploy­ees and their fam­i­lies to use ser­vices at their clinic free of charge in hopes to de­crease claim costs in the fu­ture.

Tommy No­bis, the first At­lanta Fal­con drafted by the then-new fran­chise in 1966, died af­ter an ex­tended ill­ness.

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