RAGLAND -- The Ragland Town Council approved its fiscal year 2017 budget Monday.

Councilman Tim McKinney worked on the budget for some time and said it was close to what the budget was last year. Revenues are expected to be $1.36 million, while expenditures are expected to be $1.33 million.

“We should be about $32,000 to the good,” McKinney said. “We are not purchasing a new police vehicle this year, but we left $50,000 in the Street Department for new equipment. There is also a cost-of-living raise for employees included in the new budget.”

The largest amount of income is expected to be $430,000 from business licenses, while $300,000 will come from sales tax. The biggest expense for the town will be a payroll of more than $486,000.

This was the last official meeting for Mayor Lanis White. He spent the past eight years as mayor and the eight years prior to that as councilman.

“The past eight years went by mighty quick,” White said. “We’ve worked hard and we’ve seen some good things come from it.”

White decided not to seek a third term as mayor.

In other business, the council:

  • Tabled a decision concerning abandoned properties;
  • Tabled a decision concerning bids on the medical center;
  • Approved an agreement with St. Clair County for road maintenance;
  • Approved the minutes from the previous meeting;
  • Approved to pay bills that are due;
  • Agreed to purchase a flagpole for the library and spend up to $1,500; and.
  • Heard a report about the library from Jerry Sue Brannon.

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