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city council budget woes
Power seeks rate hike
inventory appraisal complete
city council budget woes
Like other cities across
Alabama, The Jacksonville City Council is facing projections
of slower growth in the coming year. The city is being forced to
use money from investments to make up for slower projected economic
growth and several outstanding city projects in the cities budget
set to be voted on Monday night.
The city is proposing to use about
$400,000 left over from the sale of Jacksonville
Hospital and $330,000 from the Alabama Trust Fund to cover the
revenue shortfall in the new budget. City employees still will
receive a 2 percent across-the-board raise in addition to their
normal step raises. Economic factors have forced the city to lower
their projected growth from 5 to 3 percent. If approved Monday
night, the budget calls for spending up to $200,000 to repair damage
to the old Wal-Mart building, where thieves damaged the structure by
stealing copper, as well as $180,000 to help pay for renovations to
the train depot. After all is said and done, officials say , the
city will still have about $4 million in reserve.
Power seeks rate increase
Alabama Power Co. is seeking approval
for additional charges, in addition to a rate increase already
proposed for higher fuel costs, that combined would have the typical
household paying more than $15 more each month. The power giant will
propose the increases today to the Pubic Service Commission. The
power company is seeking to raise the base charge residential
customers pay from $8.91 to $15 a month. The base charge is a flat
rate for connecting an Alabama Power account. In addition, the
company is proposing its first ever late fee of $2 or 1.5 percent of
a late bill, whichever is higher. The increases, first filed with
the Public Service Commission, a few weeks ago, could be voted on
today. The PSC is already scheduled to vote on increased fuel
charges that Alabama Power has proposed. A typical household that
uses 1,000 kilowatt hours monthly would pay $9.30 more each month if
the fuel charge increase is approved. Together the fuel charge
increase and the base charge increase would mean a typical
residential customer would pay more than $15 a month.
An appraisal of real estate and
buildings at the former fort McClellan has been
completed. Calhoun County ordered an appraisal of the property
after being given the responsibility of McClellan re-development
thru a court ruling. The appraisals were necessary because the
property must be placed on the counties books as assets. Meanwhile,
the battle continues over control of the former fort with the
current Anniston city council filing suit last week. Jointer says
that the suit has placed in jeopardy the cleanup money from the army
to continue the cleanup effort at McClellan. Attorneys continue to
work for an interim agreement to prevent cleanup operations from
stopping while a final decision is made to resolve the issues over
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