DONALDSONVILLE — The City Council voted unanimously Tuesday to adopt an operating budget for the 2015-16 fiscal year that aims to finish in the black by $26,621.
The budget includes hefty pay raises for three positions:
The project coordinator position salary will increase from a part-time position with $12,200 salary to a full-time position with a $64,000 a year salary.
Salary for the code enforcement officer position, which has been vacant in recent months, increases from about $20,000 to $50,000 per year.
The city is also budgeting $20,000 to fund an animal control officer, in hopes of attracting candidates to the position, said city Finance Director Sandra Williams.
The budget projects general fund revenues of about $3.27 million and expenditures of approximately $3.24 million.
The city plans to spend $523,960 on general governmental operation, about $100,000 less than the current year’s $630,390 figure.
The budget also projects $3.3 million in total sales tax revenues and garbage household fees, up from this year’s total of just under $3 million.
The city’s natural gas department is projected to generate almost $1.5 million in revenue next year, with expenditures of $1.23 million, Williams said.
In other matters, the council introduced a proposal to raise customer fees for natural gas by about $2 per thousand cubic feet of natural gas used.
Williams said the move would help the city fund debt service and bond covenants related to its natural gas operation.
Council Chairman Raymond Aucoin said the city aims to raise an additional $250,000 annually with the increase, a figure that was included in the newly adopted budget.
A public hearing and subsequent vote on the proposal will take place at the council’s June 6 regular meeting.