ATLANTIC CITY COUNCIL APPROVES BUDGET
(Atlantic) The Atlantic City Council approved the fiscal year 2011-2012 budget 4-2, at a special meeting Wednesday night. The new budget calls for an .85-cent per thousand dollars of valuation increase adding up to $16.62 per one thousand dollars of valuation.
The four council members voting in favor include; Steve Livengood, Dana Halder, Shawn Shouse, and Kathy Somers. The two Council members voting no were Kern Miller and Pat Symonds. Linda Hartkoph was absent.
Miller stated that it was apparent a few of the council members didn’t know the city budgeted for an Assistant City Administrator with a salary of approximately $50,000 plus an additional $10-to-$15,000 in benefits.
“I feel the whole council should have had some input on this scenario,” said Miller. “I am not sure we really need an assistant to the city administrator with one of his duties being answering the telephone. I feel there are some deficiencies within our city and we could have used a different kind of employee.”
Only one person from the public was present and there were no written or public comments at the meeting that lasted about 5-minutes.
As far as the breakdown, Public Safety makes up 31-percent of the budget, Public Works, 29%, Leisure Services, 24%, General Government, 10%, Business and Economic Development, 05%, and all other 1%.
On the revenue side, taxes make up 61% of the revenue, Grants and Contributions, 14%, Fines and Fees, 14%, Transfers from other funds, 7%, Interest and Reimbursements, 4%, and Rental Income, 2%.