City Council considers budget

PETER SILAS PASQUA news@postsouth.com

The City of Plaquemine Board of Selectmen held a special meeting Oct. 23 to discuss and consider final amendments to the 2011-12 fiscal budget and discuss and consider the proposed 2012-13 fiscal budget.

The budgets were prepared in conformance with provisions of the Louisiana Local Government Budget Act and are available for public inspection at City Hall.

“The ultimate goal is to continue to run a financially sound government without reducing services to the citizens of the City of Plaquemine,” the budget reads.

The City of Plaquemine provides a wide array of services to its citizens including police protection, a fully paid fire department, drainage maintenance, road maintenance and utilities including electricity, gas, water and sewer, according to the budget.

In the general fund, taxes are budgeted down by $31,500 mainly due to recapture of the cable franchise tax in 2012.

Intergovernmental revenues are expected to decrease by approximately $91,500 in 2013 because of a grant received in 2012 for the COPAC roof.

Operating expenditures for city court will increase by $6,720 due to an increase in retirement and health insurance but recreation expenditures are expected to decrease by approximately $49,000 because in 2012 there were additional expenses related to repairs at COPAC as well as the city’s Water Front Park Pavilion.

The city completed a $12.5 million road rehabilitation program during the 2012 budget year. Funding for an electrical system extension for a new regional sewer plant will come from Gustav/Ike Disaster Recovery Funding, a DEQ Revolving Loan and a Bond Issue totaling approximately $13 million.

The estimated cost of a new transformer for the electric department’s substation is approximately $3 million.