Council passes $17M city budget
by James Phillips
Jan 16, 2013 | 1579 views | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The Jasper City Council voted unanimously Tuesday to approve its 2013 fiscal budget.

City Clerk Kathy Chambless introduced the $17.1 million budget at the council’s Jan. 8 meeting. She said a 2.5 percent step raise for city employees is included in the budget.

“There is a step raise included that will be effective on employees’ first checks in February,” Chambless said.

Projected revenue from the city’s 1-percent sales tax is not included in the budget, Chambless said.

“This is a working document,” she said. “It’s the beginning and we’ll see it ammended several times from now through the end of the fiscal year.”

The first ammendment to the budget was introduced Tuesday when Jasper Police Chief Connie Cooner Rowe asked council members to add one patrol officer to the roster at the Jasper Police Department.

Rowe said the patrol division needs another officer due to several factors. She said one Jasper officer is currently working in cooperation with a federal agency, another officer is out with a serious illness and she would hope to move a patrol officer to focus on covering area schools.

“If you don’t do anything for us you’ve done a whole lot,” Rowe said. “The Jasper Police Department appreciates the support we receive from this council and the mayor.”

Council members will consider the proposed amendment to the budget at its next meeting, which will be Feb. 5.

In other action, the council:

•Appointed Kevin Dobbs to the Jasper Parks and Recreation Board.

•Renewed contracts with Good Hope Contracting for asphalt cold mix, the Jasper Umpires Association for softball umpires and youth baseball ages 5 to 10, the Walker County Baseball Umpires Association for baseball ages 11 to 14 and the Walker County Basketball Officials Association for basketball.