Breaking Down Montgomery's City Budget

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By Brittany Bivins

The Montgomery City Council has approved a new budget for the next year, passing it by a 5 to 3 vote last week.

The biggest chunk of the budget goes for city services, including police, fire and parks and recreation.

"More police offers and fire officers on the streets. you're going to have more equipment, you're going to begin to have a totally recyclable garbage stream," said Montgomery Mayor Todd Strange.

We talked to Montgomery residents to see where they want more of the money to go. Topping the list--roads.

"I think they need to be resurfaced in a lot of areas, i think it would benefit, especially since they're rejuvenating the downtown area," said Judy Payne, who lives in Montgomery.

Roads are the reason council member Richard Bollinger didn't vote for the budget, because most of the funding will go to improve the worst roads of the city, instead of spreading it evenly among the districts.

"Our people in District 1, as other districts, need to be looked at on an equal footing," said Bollinger.

Also in the budget, changes for city employees. There were three furlough days in last year's budget, which means a day off work with no pay. That can help can save the city money. This year, there are two furlough days.

"Hopefully we will take that and that will be the cushion as we go through the first 3, 4 months out of the year to see where the revenue stream is versus the expended stream," Strange said.

There's an upside for city employees, though. They will get merit raises, which go into effect this year.

This budget run through September 30, 2014. Next year the city council and mayor will be back to approve a budget for the following year.




 

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