January 1, 2014 Edition

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Hoxie sets budget

Megan Heyl
Staff Writer

Hoxie City Council held a special meeting Monday to review and approve the 2014 budget for the city of Hoxie. Council members adopted the 2014 general revenues budget, salary budgets and small funds budget.

Mayor Lanny Tinker provided a summary of some of the major changes in the budget. He reported that the city will not pass on the cost of the sewer improvements to the citizens. The increase in landfill fees will also not be passed on to the residents, but trash pickup will be reduced to once a week starting in January.

The city will reduce the street department personnel by one full-time position. Code enforcement will be moved back to the Hoxie Police Department. No staff increase in the police department will be made to accommodate this.

The full-time fire position will be reduced to a part-time position, which will cover three days a week. This will not affect the department's service after hours or on weekends.

The city will only be able to provide a $5 per week raise for city employees for the year 2014 due to an increase in health insurance. The salary of the mayor will be reduced by $2,500.

Mayor Tinker expressed that the 2014 budget has required them to make some hard decisions. He explained that in 2013 income was down and expenses were up, and adjustments had to be made to keep Hoxie financially stable.

The total combined budget for general, street, water and sewer was set at $2,783,352.

Also at the meeting:

  • the council passed an ordinance to raise the water rates in order to match the increases associated with the Regional Water Authority. The price will increase to $5.90 per thousand gallons up to 35,000 gallons and $4.60 per thousand gallons over 35,000 for all residential and commercial customers. Industrial customers will be charged $5.90 per thousand gallons on all usage.

  • the council amended the 2013 budget in accordance with Arkansas Code Annotated Section 14-58-203.

  • Mayor Tinker acknowledged the hard work of all those who helped with the Hoxie Christmas parade and Dickens events. He reported that the parade had over 40 entries this year. Redda Russell was this year's parade coordinator.

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