Brewton council approves new budget
The Brewton City Council approved its budget for the current fiscal year — a few months late because of the change in administration in November.
The budget — the first to factor in likely higher sales tax revenue thanks to a 1-cent sales tax increase — is counting on $6,406,856 in revenue.
State law requires municipal budgets to be balanced.
In a previous meeting, city officials said any excess revenue would go to a reserve fund.
Included in the budget was a $16,100 allocation to the Brewton Area Chamber of Commerce, a significant increase over previous years.
In a workshop meeting with the council members before the regular meeting, Mayor Yank Lovelace emphasized that this money was a one-time allocation that may or may not be renewed.
“I told them not to have an expectation on this contract next year,” Lovelace said. “The chamber needs to be self-sustaining. We need to look at this as an exception. We might triple the amount next year, or it might go to zero.”
At its regular meeting, the council approved a contract with the chamber that states that in exchange for the extra funding the chamber will help lead several new activities and events for residents.
Also at the regular meeting:
• The council approved a meeting day change. Meetings, which had been held at 4:30 p.m. on the second and fourth Tuesdays of the month, will move to 4:30 p.m. on the second and fourth Mondays of the month. Any meeting that falls on a Monday holiday will be moved to Tuesday that week.
• The council approved a request from the D.W. McMillan Memorial Hospital Relay for Life team to hold a fund-raising 5K run/walk on Saturday, March 16. The route will begin and end at Brewton Medical Center.