STALLINGS – Town council and staff began working on the 2012-13 budget during a special meeting Monday, April 2.
Town manager Brian Matthews said the town was under budget this year by about $300,000, and Councilman Paul Frost suggested the town use half of that money for necessary sidewalk repairs, which are estimated to cost around $150,000.
Matthews also reported Powell Bill revenues, money from the state to fund road projects, were higher than anticipated this year, which should allow for more road work next year.
He said the projected budget for fiscal 2012-13 is about $5.5 million, and during the upcoming budget work sessions the board will have to prioritize its spending for its capital improvement plan.
Councilman Fred Weber said he wants the town’s focus to stay on finishing the park and perhaps upgrading Fairhaven Park.
Other projects the council is mulling over include Christmas decorations for Stallings Park, two new police vehicles, new sidewalks, additional parking for Stallings Park, a streetscape for Stallings Road, civic building renovations, and administrative vehicles.
And because of a single-vehicle car crash last week involving one of the town’s police cars, the town will have to purchase an additional vehicle for the department at around $26,000. No other vehicles were involved in the crash and no injuries were reported.
The council’s next budget meeting is April 23 at 5 p.m. in the town hall meeting room.