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June 13, 2013

Somerset City Council working toward annual budget

Somerset —

Somerset City Council is moving forward with a tentative 2013-2014 budget after several budget workshop meetings and brainstorming sessions. 
Somerset City Attorney Carrie Wiese presented the first reading of Ordinance 13-08 during Monday’s city council meeting, which will establish the working 2013-2014 budget, slated to begin on July 1 of this year. 
The budget includes total revenue and expenditures for the city at $66,537,217. 
Revenues and expenditures for the city’s funds are as follows:
• General Fund: $13,128,492
• Cemetery Fund: $65,200
• Sanitation Services Fund: $2,520,000
• Gas Services Fund: $17,924,200
• Water: $17,216,000
• Wastewater: $8,109,175
• Water Park Fund: $1,525,550
• Fuel Center Fund: $201,700
• Parks and Recreation: $1,143,300
• Somerset-Pulaski County EMS: $4,703,600
Ordinance 13-08 also amended the water and wastewater rate structure, which will be available at city hall. 
The numbers contained in the ordinance are subject to discussion and change during a second reading, which will take place at the next city council meeting. The budget will be voted on at the next meeting as well. 
In other news from Monday’s Somerset City Council meeting: 
• Councilor Jerry Girdler asked about the status of the city’s garbage trucks, noting that one had malfunctioned and another, a spare, was in need of repairs as well. 
“We’ve only got one garbage truck now,” said Jerry Girdler. 
Councilor Jerry Burnett said employees ran the garbage pick-up route with a dump truck, which took more time. 
“The guys continued to keep the route going with a dump truck but its a slow process,” said Burnett. 
Somerset Mayor Eddie Girdler said a front-loader, which had been ordered in October, was on its way. He said he would look into the situation. 
• Councilor Pat Bourne asked about the status of a historical home located on Monticello Street that had fallen into disrepair in recent years. Mayor Girdler and Wiese both stated that the home’s new owners have decided to restore the home. 

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