Skip to content Skip to left sidebar Skip to right sidebar Skip to footer

Board votes to operate on continuing budget

The Erwin Board of Mayor and Aldermen voted to continue operating under the 2014-15 amended budget during their meeting on Monday, June 22.
Town officials worked on the amendment for the current budget during a work session meeting on Thursday, June 18, that transferred $873,227 in revenues to expenditures, shifting line items, to balance things out before the end of the 2014-2015 fiscal year on June 30.
“This is just transferring one line item to another,” said Erwin Mayor Doris Hensley.
Officials were able to make strides in reducing costs by trimming down healthcare from 14 percent to 11 percent, with seven percent as the ideal mark, City Recorder Glenn Rosenoff said in a recent interview with The Erwin Record, for the 2014-2015 budget.
Adjustments to the 2014-2015 and 2015-2016 budgets came following recent discussions with healthcare providers, Rosenoff stated.
The BMA also learned Monday that for the 2014-2015 year, different revenue line items exceeded projections, including wholesale beer, business, state and TVA taxes, to name a few examples, Rosenoff said after the meeting.
Town officials have worked to cut into the deficit for the 2015-2016 fiscal year – a deficit that would require a property tax increase of more than 80 cents.
Over several meetings the deficit has decreased from more than $1 million and trimmed by more than $600,000.
Officials agreed on Monday to set their next, and potentially final, work session for the 2015-2016 year on Thursday, June 24, at 8:30 a.m. at Town Hall.
• • •
A bid for a beautification project at the I-26 Main Street/Harris Hollow Exit was approved by the board and awarded to Terry Henderson Landscaping at $102,093 per the recommendation from Tysinger, Hampton & Partners.
Work done near the exit is to be covered by state grant funding.
• • •
Skate park construction on Nolichucky Avenue is still continuing after fencing was placed at the site last week, Public Works Director Riki Forney said.
The site requires a few adjustments before going through final approval of the state. Construction on Taco Bell on Jonesborough is also expected to be completed in July, per Rosenoff.
• • •
The board heard opening comments prior to the start of Monday’s meeting from J.D. Shook, discussing road damage from large trucks going through the area of Ninth Avenue and Higgins Avenue.
The cause of the larger trucks going through the area was due to GPS, Shook added. Rosenoff stated after the meeting that Sullivan County went through the same type of problem and had to post signs due to the GPS directions.
Shook and Forney are expected to get together in the coming days to discuss a solution.