City workers in the Fleming-Neon will not receive raises in the coming year. At a special called meeting on Monday evening, the Fleming-Neon City Council conducted the first reading of the city’s budget for Fiscal Year 2016-2017, and heard the first reading of the Fleming-Neon Water Department’s budget for the coming fiscal year as well.
Mayor Susie Polis read both budgets, and told the council the city will not be able to afford to increase wages in the coming year. Polis said the city’s budget will be very tight, with total projected revenue of $256,558.55 against total expenses of $256,448.44, with a projected surplus of $110.11, leaving no room for extras. That includes a balance carried forward from last year of $13,500.
“There is no room,” said Polis, referring to raises, “unless something good happens.”
The water department budgets are also close, with a water budget of $350,000, including $7,500 left from last year, against projected expenses of $348,600, leaving a surplus of $1,400. The sewer budget shows projected expenses of $273,800 against projected expenses of $273,031, with a surplus of $769.
Councilman Tom Haynes pointed to an overall telephone bill for the water department, including mobile and landline phones, of $9,000, but council member Linda Cantrell said the bill has been reduced from last year. City Clerk Janice Banks said the department had saved $1,200 on cell phone service by consolidating some phone numbers in this budget.
The council will conduct the second reading and vote on the budget at its June meeting.