The City of Leesville's proposed budget for fiscal year 2012 will end with a surplus, if all goes as planned.

The budget, first introduced in a city council meeting May 9, had undergone changes since then, so the council voted Monday, through a series of agenda amendments, to withdraw the original budget and reintroduce it with the changes in place.


The City of Leesville's proposed budget for fiscal year 2012 will end with a surplus, if all goes as planned.
The budget, first introduced in a city council meeting May 9, had undergone changes since then, so the council voted Monday, through a series of agenda amendments, to withdraw the original budget and reintroduce it with the changes in place.
"All the changes are in the  favor of the city," said Mayor Robert Rose.  
City Administrator Hugh King provided the council and the public with a summary of those changes, which included changes to the general fund expenditures, the sales tax fund revenues; the Main Street program; and the Public Safety Fund revenues and expenditures.
Changes to the General Fund expenditures included savings in the General Liability Insurance, which was reduced to $148,226 from $181,337. An additional cost of $12,600 came from Civil Service Board expenditures for clerical and legal services and supplies.
An expenditure for improvements to some of the buildings at the Industrial Park for a potential client were expected to cost the sales tax fund $50,000 in the coming year.
In addition, the city's contribution to the Main Street Program was reduced to $36,140. Grant revenues added $18,000 to the fund.
Public Safety Fund revenues were increased by $17,000 for pre-trial intervention, and expenditures were also reduced by $57,731 since the Emergency 911 computer console will remain with the city until the 911 service moves to another location. Other expenses included pre-trial intervention costs of $7,600.
The new budget was re-intruduced at Monday's meeting, and a public hearing is now set for the June 13 city council meeting. The budget will be considered for adoption then.