budget

A preliminary vote is scheduled next week on a proposed $2.5 million City of Blackshear general fund budget.

The budget is increased over last year by $101,000 (4 percent).

The city’s proposed spending plan calls for a balanced budget with revenues exceeding expenditures by approximately $164,000 and no plan to raise taxes.

Expenditures are expected to total $2.3 million with roughly $26,000 slated to be held in a contingency account.

Noted changes include a 3 percent cost-of-living adjustment for employees and a $5 increase in firefighter pay per call (up to $30). The budget also reflects a $70,000 increase in charges to the Board of Education for School Resource Officers, and includes all cost associated with construction of the new wastewater treatment plant.

That initial vote is scheduled for Tuesday, June 11, at 6 p.m. at City Hall. A public budget hearing will be held prior to the meeting at 5:45 p.m. A final vote is slated for Tuesday, June 27, at 3:30 p.m.