Budget rises for maintenance, police

Published 12:38 pm Thursday, June 21, 2018

The Farmville Town Council’s fiscal year 2017-18 budget sees price increases in its police, street maintenance and sewer maintenance budgets.

Gerald Spates

A recent council vote led the police department fund to increase by more than $198,600, the street maintenance fund to increase by more than $87,600 and its sewer maintenance fund to increase by more than $27,300.

The fiscal year 2017-18 budget will end July 1.

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The town treasurer, Carol Ann Seal, recommended moving $198,603.85 and $87,635.10 from the general contingency fund to the police and street maintenance funds, respectively, and $27,350.72 to the sewer maintenance fund from the sewer fund contingency.

The council, during its June 13 meeting, voted in favor of approving the move of funds.

Town Manager Gerald Spates said in a phone interview Friday that increases to the police budget have come due to the council taking into account the number of full-time officers at the department, overtime hours and emergency custody orders, which involve responding to and transporting individuals with mental illnesses to nearby facilities.

“The money’s in the budget,” Spates said. “We just have to transfer it from contingency to those departments.”

Street and sewer maintenance funding has come from salary coding.

He added that the town will transfer funds to departments that see more expenses than others.

“We coded more salaries to street maintenance than we did to buildings and grounds,” Spates said. “So buildings and grounds may come up under budget, when street department came up over budget.”

He said budget transfers are not abnormal.

“It’s not unusual to allocate funds that way,” Spates said.

Spates said the transfers would not affect the total budget, noting the budget is still within range, and said the transfers would not affect town debt.

The council is set to vote on its proposed fiscal year 2018-19 budget June 22 at 2 p.m.