Fiscal year 2016-17 begins Oct. 1 and as a result, various entities funded by the city presented their budgets for approval at the Stephenville City Council meeting Tuesday.
City Administrator Pat Bridges, the mayor, department heads and council members have been working diligently for months to come up with a budget that ultimately came in at $24,052,839 and was approved by unanimous vote.
“This is the culmination of months of work on behalf of the staff, and the council went section by section in detail, had discussions and made adjustments in the budget," said Mayor Kenny Weldon. “When you’re going through a budget it’s always complicated and you have discussions about things that the council realizes need to be worked on.
“I want to point out and thank the council for your hard work and effort to put back into the budget over $800,000 for street repairs. I really want to applaud your work to help make that happen.”
SEDA executive director John Hubbard presented the budget for the recently-formed, sales-tax funded economic development corporation. That budget is $489,722.
Julie Crouch, executive director of the Cross Timbers Fine Arts Council, also delivered the proposed budget for the arts group and that number is $245,300.
The other major money-related item was the renewal of the city’s contract with CH2M Hill OMI for continued daily operation of the wastewater treatment plant, including all management and testing services, a relationship that has spanned more than 20 years.