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City passes FY2014 budget

Published 1:03am Thursday, November 14, 2013

The Dadeville City Council passed its budget for the 2014 fiscal year, projecting a surplus for the year of more than $146,000,

The budget projects revenues for the fiscal year, which began Oct. 1, to be $2,663,250. Projected expenses were $2,516,900. City Clerk Mike Gardner said part of the reason the budget was passed a month into the fiscal year was so they could see a full 12 months of expenses, rather than guessing at September figures.

The bulk of the city’s revenues is expected to be local sales taxes, which are projected at $1.43 million. That indicates a modest increase of the actual receipts for 2013, $1.428 million.

The department requesting the largest appropriation was the Dadeville Police Department, at $678,900, including $456,000 for salaries. However, the DPD’s overall appropriation is down more than $90,000 from 2013’s figure, and the salary total was cut from $544,737 paid in the 2013 fiscal year.

However, one major piece of information was not available as Gardner and Councilman Mickey Tarpley — an accounting professor — prepared the budget.

“You need to tell them about the insurance,” Mayor Joe Smith reminded Gardner.

Gardner said he’d finally heard back from someone at Blue Cross/Blue Shield, who provides the insurance plan offered to city employees.

The city has been trying to determine the impact of implementation of the Affordable Care Act.

“It’s going up,” Gardner said, though he did not provide specific details.

The city pays 75 percent of employees’ premiums, budgeted at $135,000 for 2014. But Gardner said the city’s cost would increase “around $5,000 above the budgeted figure.”

“I get the feeling they’re still trying to figure it out on the fly,” Gardner said.

Councilman Randy Foster was not hopeful about the impact of ObamaCare on the city’s health insurance expenses.

“I’m afraid it’s only going to get worse,” Foster said.s