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WHITMIRE — The town of Whitmire’s next task will be to find roughly $35,000 to take out of the town’s budget, as discussed by council Monday.

Council members Michael Thomas and Cassie Fowler met with Mayor Billy Hollingsworth on Monday for a brief outline of proposed revenue for the upcoming budget year. Other council members were unable to attend. The numbers presented are preliminary at this time and are not final.

“There’s still some possibilities,” Hollingsworth said.

Hollingsworth said the purpose of Monday’s meeting was to make council aware of the upcoming year’s finances so that they knew what was coming.

“I laid the numbers out as I saw them and we’ll have to make adjustments where they’re needed to balance everything,” Hollingsworth said.

The proposed revenue for the town in the upcoming fiscal year is $541,500, with projected expenditures at $577,150, leaving the town with an overage of around $35,650.

Vehicle taxes, budgeted last year at $26,500, will probably remain the same next year, as they have come in about where they were projected.

This is a reassessment year for the town, but Hollingsworth said he is not sure how it will affect them.

Last year, council rejected going up in pricing for cemetery plots, but the idea may be discussed again.

Fowler said she didn’t recommend higher prices on the plots because she believed people would go to their churches for plots, rather than coming to the town if the prices are too high.

Hollingsworth said he projected the town to receive somewhere between $541,000 and $560,000 in revenue in the next fiscal year.

Whitmire’s old rescue squad building, the golf shed, and the American Legion Hut all need work done to them, Hollingsworth said. The majority of the work would be on the roof of the buildings.

HJollingsworth said the cost for the renovations to the rescue squad building is estimated at $27,000. The golf shed and American Legion roof bids came in at $8,000 and $6,100, respectively.

Hollingsworth said a one time fix to the rescue squad building would be to tear the building down, which would cost around $23,000. However, spending $2,000 to $3,000 to fix it up could provide usable space for the town to use as it sees fit.

Fowler suggested if they fix up the space, they could rent the building out for private parties. Hollingsworth said he was sure they could come up with a price for something like that if there was a need for that in Whitmire.

For Whitmire’s public works department, Hollingsworth said he estimated a projected income of $786,500 for the upcoming fiscal year. Of that income, Hollingsworth said he expected most of that money would be spent.

Before concluding the meeting, Hollingsworth told the council members who were present to look over the notes he had made to the proposed budget and to make notes of their own.

“If there’s something we need to adjust — good or bad — we can discuss that at our upcoming workshop,” Hollingsworth said.

Fowler’s final question was for Hollingsworth to consider adding funding to the Economic Development Board budget for members to take training classes, get fuel reimbursements and reimbursement for other expenses they incur while promoting the town.

The next budget workshop is planned for 1 p.m. May 5 at the Town Hall Annex on Main Street. Council will go over the budget line item by line item.

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