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Mosses approves 2010-2011 budget

By EASON FRANKLIN
The Lowndes Signal

The Mosses town council has approved its 2010-2011 fiscal budget after some changes regarding minor concerns in the budget’s itemization.

Some of the items being taken into account with the town’s budget are the town hall parking lot and the basketball court in front of the town hall.

Mayor Walter Hill and the council members want to be sure that those areas are addressed now that the budget is being allotted for the new fiscal year.

The town‘s proposed budget over the next year was calculated at $165,000 for the general fund and police department.

“One of the things that was most looked at was the police department,” said Mayor Walter Hill. “We wanted to make sure that we budgeted enough to cover the cost and expense to run the day-to-day operations.”

Mosses ended the 2009-2010 fiscal year with about $500-$600 remaining in the town’s budget.

“Being in line with our budget to end this fiscal year in the black has proven once again we have been financial stewards of the public’s funds,” Hill added.

The town council unanimously approved the 2010-2011 fiscal budget, pending minor alterations to various line item descriptions.

Discussion later ensued with the repaving of County Road 2 using $10,000 in grant funds.

Town council members and Mayor Walter Hill have been speaking with Lowndes County Engineer David Butts and Lowndes County Commission Chairman Charlie King concerning the project.

Butts assured council members of the county’s ability to repave and re-stripe the road efficiently and effectively, according to Councilperson Joe Bell.

The council said it will be working in conjunction with the county to secure any additional help, if the county’s budget allows.

Bell encouraged further review of the town’s equipment and assets to determine what is and is not being fully utilized and the possibility of selling any equipment not being used.