Weaver approves $2.5 million budget
by Brian Anderson
banderson@annistonstar.com
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WEAVER – The Weaver City Council on Tuesday approved the budget for the upcoming fiscal year, in which it plans to receive $2.5 million in tax revenue.

The council plans on spending a nearly identical amount during the 2014 fiscal year, which begins Oct. 1.

The budget is virtually unchanged from last year’s budget, said Weaver Mayor Wayne Willis, except for a repayment on a loan that will pay for public works equipment as well as improvements to the city’s park and several roads.

“I think we’re finally going to be able to get done some of the things that needed to be done several years ago, but have been put off,” Willis said. “I’m really excited about our future.”

The biggest expenditures in the approved budget are for the water and police departments, receiving $995,000 and $712,000 respectively. Water fees are also projected to be the city’s biggest moneymaker with an income of $844,000.

The council on Tuesday also approved moving $70,000 from the city’s general fund to pay bills and payroll in November and December. Willis said the transfer was necessary for the “lean months” before the city begins collecting business licenses and insurance in January.

“I’m hoping this is the last October we’ll have to do this,” Willis said. “I think with this budget we’ll be in good shape next year.”

The $70,000 will be replaced in the general fund on March 1.

The 2014 budget contains a line item for the Fire Department, and despite a request to the Calhoun County Volunteer Firefighters Association to accept Weaver as a member, the council said Tuesday they still expect to be funding the department next year. Councilman Tim McRae said he didn’t “anticipate a lot of support” from the association on Weaver’s request due to the diluted tax money the other 10 departments in the association would receive if Weaver was accepted.

“And we totally understand that,” McRae said. “We wouldn’t to give up that money either if it was the other way around.”

The association will vote on accepting Weaver Fire Department at its next meeting on Oct. 7.

In other business, the council:

• Approved zoning new annexed land at Heroes American Bar and Grille and Smokin’ Joes Discount Tobacco as business districts.

• Appointed Councilman Mike Warren as the council’s representative on the Weaver Planning Commission.

Staff writer Brian Anderson: 256-235-3546. On Twitter @BAnderson_Star.

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