Tuesday, 21st February 2017
City of Headland, Alabama
City of Headland, Alabama

As the new fiscal year is getting underway, the Headland City Council adopted the budget that will carry the city through the next 12 months.

"I hope we made all the changes we talked about," Mayor Ray Marler said, asking the council to look over the numbers and make sure they met members' approval. "It's been kind of a busy couple of weeks."

The budget projects total revenues of $3,408,550 and expenses of $3,058,250, for a projected net income of $350,300.

Making up that projected income are ABC board taxes, ad valorem taxes, automobile license plate taxes, beer taxes, building permits, city gas taxes, CHARM donations, fireworks donations, Southeast Alabama Gas District Economic Development Fund, financial institutions excise taxes, gazebo rental, Headland airport salary reimbursement, housing authority assessment, interest income, miscellaneous income, Morris Park rental income, privilege licenses, rental income and taxes, returned check charges, sales of fixed assets, sales taxes, senior center reimbursement, tobacco and wine taxes, zoning fees, grant revenues, fire taxes, fire interest, fire donations, miscellaneous fire income, EMT payments and Newville ambulance fees, court fines, court rent, court salary/fringe reimbursement, police accident reports, police donations, police drug forfeiture, police E911 appropriation, police miscellaneous income, police overtime grant, police animal control fines, sanitation/garbage fees, recreation concession sales, recreation donations, recreation field advertising, recreation gate fees, recreation miscellaneous income, recreation registration fees, transfers from water board.

Among the expenses are those involving administration. These include: advertising, appropriations, audit fees, bank charges, bond fees, capital improvement , chamber of commerce, collection fees for taxes and licenses, computer supplies and maintenance, continuing education, conventions expenses, copier lease/supplies/maintenance, decoration/beautification, dues/subscriptions/publications, drug screens/physicals, engineering fees, gas (SEAGD), gas and oil, grant matches, group insurance, insurance, interest and penalties, legal fees, miscellaneous expenses, office supplies, payroll taxes, postage, power, purchases of GFA, repairs/maintenance, retirement, salaries, part-time salaries, supplies, telephone, transfers to debt service, travel reimbursement, uniforms, zoning enforcement/inspection. They present a deficit of $594,850.

Animal control expenses include gas/oil, group insurance, insurance, K-9 expenses, miscellaneous expenses, payroll taxes, repairs and maintenance-auto, retirement, salaries, supplies, telephone, tires, uniforms. They present a deficit of $32,450.

Expenses involving EMTs include billing, computer supplies/maintenance, continuing education, copier lease/supplies/maintenance, dues/subscriptions/publications, gas and oil, group insurance, insurance, office supplies, payroll taxes, postage, repairs/maintenance, auto repairs/maintenance, equipment repairs/maintenance, retirement, salaries, supplies, tires, uniforms. There is a net income of $535,000.

In the fire department, there is a projected deficit of $171,750. Included are computer supplies/maintenance, continuing education, dues/subscriptions/publications, SEAGD gas, gas and oil, group insurance, insurance, miscellaneous expenses, office supplies, payroll taxes, power, purchases of GFA, repairs/maintenance, auto repairs/maintenance, equipment repairs/maintenance, retirement, salaries, supplies, telephone, tires, travel reimbursement, uniforms.

For there the library, there is a projected deficit of $104,100. This includes bond fees, computer supplies and maintenance, continuing education, dues/subscriptions/publications, SEAGD gas, group insurance, insurance, payroll taxes, power, purchases of GFA, repairs and maintenance, retirement, salaries, supplies, telephone, travel reimbursement, uniforms.

The police department has a projected deficit of $791,400. Included here are computer supplies/maintenance, continuing education, copier lease/supplies/maintenance, dues/subscriptions/publications, drug screens/physicals, equipment rental, gas and oil, group insurance, insurance, K-9 expenses, miscellaneous expenses, NCIC terminal lease, office supplies, payroll taxes, postage, GFA purchases, repairs/maintenance, auto repairs/maintenance, equipment repairs/maintenance, retirement, salaries, supplies, telephone, tires, transfers to debt service, travel reimbursement, uniforms.
In the recreation department, expenses include concession supplies, dues/subscriptions/publications, equipment rental, SEAGD gas, gas and oil, insurance, miscellaneous expenses, payroll taxes, power, rental expenses, repairs and maintenance, equipment repairs and maintenance, salaries, part-time salaries, supplies, travel reimbursement, umpire/referee fees, uniforms, for a total projected deficit of $95,700.

The sanitation department has expenses from Mark Dunning Industries collection fees. These bring a projected deficit of $220,000.

In the senior center, expenses include continuing education gas and oil, group insurance, insurance, miscellaneous expenses, payroll taxes, power, GFA purchases, repairs and maintenance, auto repairs and maintenance, retirement, salaries, part-time salaries, supplies, telephone and travel reimbursement. This brings a projected deficit of $61,950.

A projected deficit of $451,050 is set for the street department. Expenses include computer supplies and maintenance, drug screens and physicals, engineering fees, gas and oil, group insurance, insurance, landfill charges, miscellaneous expenses, office supplies, payroll taxes, power, GFA purchases, repairs and maintenance, auto repairs and maintenance, equipment repairs and maintenance, retirement, salaries, supplies, telephone, tires, debt service transfers, travel reimbursement, uniforms.
For the last fiscal year, the water department had revenues of $891,075, with expenses of $826,050, leaving a net income of $65,025.

Projected revenues of $891,075 come from CHARM donations, interest income, sewer late fees, water late fees, miscellaneous income, returned check charges, sewer fees, Newville sewer fees, sewer tapping fees, water tapping fees, turn-on fees, water sales and well permits.
In the water division, there are projected expenses of $619,200, including advertising, audit fees, bank charges, bad debt expenses, bond fees, cash over/short, collection fees, contract labor, credit card expenses, chemicals, computer supplies & maintenance, continuing education, dues/subscriptions/publications, gas and oil, group insurance, insurance, interest and penalties, lab fees, miscellaneous expenses, office supplies, payroll taxes, permits, postage, power, GFA purchases, rent expenses, equipment rental expenses, repairs and maintenance, auto repairs and maintenance, equipment repairs and maintenance, tank repairs and maintenance, well repairs and maintenance, retirement, salaries, supplies, telephone, tires, city transfers, debt service transfers, debt service fees, travel reimbursement, uniforms.

The wastewater division has expenses of $206,850. Included are contract labor, chemicals, continuing education, gas and oil, group insurance, insurance, lab fees, miscellaneous expenses, payroll taxes, permits, power, equipment rental expenses, repairs and maintenance, auto repairs and maintenance, lagoon repairs and maintenance, sewer repairs and maintenance, retirement, salaries, supplies, telephone, transfers to debt service, uniforms.

Councilman James Williams, Jr., asked about the number of salary increases present in the proposed budget. Marler said "as a whole, we reduced salaries." The budget passed, with Williams abstaining.
The council also approved the hiring of Heather Bond as city clerk. She replaces Heather Shippey Etheredge, who recently resigned to take another position. Members of the five-person committee that was part of the choice were at the meeting. "I think she is the best person for the job," James Durr said. "She's a go-getter."

The county approved a rental deal with the county for a probate and revenue office within the city's new municipal building. Marler said their presence may begin as a once or twice weekly effort, but he hopes it will attain full-time status. "We're offering the citizens of Headland a pretty good thing there," he said.
The council also voted to update the list of names with access to bank cards.