The Lansing Board of Aldermen unanimously approved the 2013-14 budget during their monthly meeting held on Monday evening at Lansing Town Hall.
The Lansing aldermen approved a balanced budget where total general fund revenue and expenditures were budgeted at $68,575.
The general fund revenue was made up of ad valorem taxes of $25,000, a franchise tax of $7,700, an auto tax of $1,300, privilege licenses worth $75, sales and use taxs of $34,000, and rental income of $500.
Expenditures were comprised of salaries totaling $16,000, FICA-town funds of $992, MED-town funds of $232, professional service totaling $10,000, a telephone/fax/internet/security system totaling $2,600, postage of $600, office/street utilities of $6,000, training/travel of $1,200, equipment/building repair and maintenance of $7,000, advertising costing of $400, materials and supplies costing $9,000, an elections fund of $1,670, property and auto tax collection fees of $500, and dues and subs of $2,200.
Also, property insurance was budgeted for $300, public officials insurance was budgeted for $3,500, worker’s comp insurance was budgeted for $500, contributions to the Lansing Volunteer Fire Department was budgeted for $2,500.
In addition, $1,000 was budgeted for a miscellaneous fund and $2,381 was budgeted for a contingency fund.
The Lansing Board of Aldermen also approved Tri-County Paving’s bid to repair G Street in a 4-0 vote.
The bid offered by Tri-County Paving will repave fractured asphalt where G Street it meets Big Horse Creek Road for $4,668.
The issue was brought to the attention of the board by Lansing Alderman Dylan Lightfoot.
“Well, we’ll get somebody out here to look at it and get some more information,” said Lightfoot. “It looks like it could get worse pretty quick though if we keep getting rain like this.”
“Absolutely,” said Lansing Mayor George Rembert. “Everything we’re looking at is going to get worse.”
Lightfoot said the town already has funds budgeted to cover the bid placed by Tri-County Pavement.
“I moved we accept Tri-County Paving’s bid to repair G Street,” said Lightfoot. After Alderman Brenda Reeves seconded Lightfoot’s motion, the board voted 4-0 to accept the bid.
Board members also discussed how to repair E Street, which is eroding into Old Field Branch creek that runs through Lansing.
Repairing E Street will be made difficult due to the risk of environmental fines. Aldermen were hesitant to approve pouring concrete so close to Old Field Branch, which flows into Big Horse Creek, for fear of EPA regulations. No action was taken for fixing E Street during this meeting.