Rock­mart Coun­cil OKs FY 2020 bud­get

The Standard Journal - - LOCAL - By Sean Wil­liams swilliams1­[email protected]­

The Rock­mart Coun­cil is on top of their fi­nan­cials, and with the com­ple­tion of the Fis­cal Year 2020 Cap­i­tal and Op­er­at­ing bud­get, the city’s var­i­ous en­ti­ties know what kind of money they have to work with between July 1, 2019, and June 30, 2020.

As al­ways, pub­lic safety makes up a large por­tion of the bud­get. Rock­mart’s po­lice depart­ment has been pledged $1,697,896.00, and the fire depart­ment is look­ing at a bud­get of $1,410,421.00.

The city’s new fire truck was also on dis­play out­side city hall dur­ing the June 12 meet­ing, so both groups are look­ing well-equipped for the com­ing years.

The city is also mak­ing sure lo­cal ath­let­ics fa­cil­i­ties and parks are main­tained and funded, and recre­ation re­turns as a mas­sive earner. $657,478.00 is be­ing pledged to­wards sports, sports fa­cil­i­ties, and other ac­tiv­i­ties. The cul­tural arts are set to re­ceive $104,018.00, the Sil­ver Comet Trail­head is set to re­ceive $49,523.00, the li­brary will be re­ceiv­ing $130,443.00, and the se­nior cen­ter is get­ting $18,250.00.

For ref­er­ence, last year, po­lice and fire were the largest re­ceiv­ing en­ti­ties at $1,813,212 and $1,490,475.00 re­spec­tively. En­ti­ties like the li­brary re­ceived $120,400.00, and the mayor and coun­cil re­ceived $238,246.00 in bud­getary funds. This year, coun­cil funds have in­creased slightly to $242,288.00.

How­ever, it’s not all fun and recre­ation for the bud­get. Wa­ter and sewer treat­ment and man­age­ment costs add up to $5,851,392.00 this year. That money will be used in every­thing from ad­min­is­tra­tive costs to treat­ment plant costs and is an im­por­tant fac­tor in the qual­ity of wa­ter that gets pushed out to the ci­ti­zens.

Cre­at­ing the bud­get is stan­dard yearly busi­ness, but Mayor Stephen Miller thanked city clerk Pam Her­ring and City Man­ager Jeff El­lis for their quick, pos­i­tive work.

“I ap­pre­ci­ate the diligence and hard work of our clerk and man­ager,” Miller said. “The city will move for­ward to a very pos­i­tive po­si­tion.”

The meet­ing wasn’t fo­cused ex­clu­sively on the bud­get, and the coun­cil made time to ap­prove a 3-year lease for the FY 2019 equip­ment from GMA and BB&T, a 10-year lease for the FY 2019 fire truck and res­cue trucks, and a malt bev­er­age and wine sales agree­ment for Rock­mart Food Mart.

Those in­ter­ested in the fu­ture af­fairs of the city coun­cil can city hall on the sec­ond Tues­day of each month be­gin­ning at 7 p.m.

The Rock­mart City Coun­cil gath­ered for their June 11 meet­ing and ap­proved a bud­get and more.

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