Amended budget reflects increased net surplus

By John Underwood /john@gulfcoastmedia.com
Posted 8/29/18

ROBERTSDALE, Alabama — The Robertsdale City Council approved budget adjustments at its Aug. 20 meeting which reflect an increase net surplus for the 2017-18 fiscal year.

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ROBERTSDALE, Alabama — The Robertsdale City Council approved budget adjustments at its Aug. 20 meeting which reflect an increase net surplus for the 2017-18 fiscal year.

Robertsdale CFO Ann Simpson presented the budget adjustments to the council, reflecting increased revenues of just over $100,000 and decreased expenses overall of around $540,000.

The amended budget included a more than $1 million net surplus increase in the city’s electrical department, while decreasing deficits in the city’s General Government, gas, water and sanitation departments.

The only increased deficit came in the city’s sewer department, which went from a nearly $300,000 surplus budget to a more than $200,000 deficit. The city also reduced capital and special project expenditures in 2018 by nearly $200,000.

The city plans to hold a budget meeting for the 2018-19 fiscal year on Sept. 4 with approval of the next budget planned for Sept. 17.

Budget adjustments approved at the Aug. 20 meeting included:

•Reduced operating deficit in the General Government budget from $1,123,848 to $1,073,204, including an increase in revenues from $6,038,903 to $6,212,134 and an increase in expenses from $7,162,751 to $7,285,338.

•Increased net surplus in the electrical department from $2,393,945 to $3,467,816, including increased revenues from $9,112,000 to $9,380,000 and decreased expenses from $6,718,055 to $5,912,184.

•Reduced deficit in the gas department from $48,561 to $28,561, including increased revenues from $145,000 to $165,000.

•Decreased net surplus in the water department from $583,364 to $534,901, including decreased revenues from $1,411,085 to $1,391,585; and increased expenses from $827,721 to $856,684.

•Went from a $299,117 surplus in the sewer department to a $202,076 deficit. Decreased revenues from $1,686,606 to $1,342,606 and increased expenses from $1,387,489 to $1,544,682.

•Decreased deficit in the sanitation department from $215,375 to $140,100. Decreased expenses from $660,375 to $595,100.

The council also approved the rezoning of property on Fairground Road from B-2 (business) to I-1 (industrial).