Dublin City Council balances budget

Jessie Horton jessie.horton@empiretribune.com
Dublin Mayor Becky Norris

The Dublin City Council held a public hearing Tuesday night on the 2012-13 proposed budget. The city has held two previous public hearings regarding the proposed tax rate for the upcoming year, and officials said the budget hearing was the next step.

The budget, which reflects the city's proposed tax rate of five cents per $100 tax appraised value, will go into effect Oct. 1, the beginning of the city's fiscal year.

Dublin Mayor Becky Norris and City Secretary Rhonda Williams said city officials and department heads worked hard to ensure the budget for the 2012-13 fiscal year was balanced without any city employees losing their jobs.

"It really bothered all of us and they (the council and city officials) fought hard to find another way, any way to avoid an increase," Norris said. "But in the end, it was the only way."

The mayor added that officials also cut everything possible from the budget, except personnel.

"We've taken out all the extras," she said. "When we started on the budget, as with any, department leaders each had a wish list of things they needed and wanted for the upcoming year. But in the end, we cut it all out so that no one lost their jobs. That was the most important part for us."

According to city officials, not a single citizen was present at either of the tax hearings, nor at the budget public hearing Tuesday. The council will hold a called meeting to adopt the proposed tax rate and new budget on Monday, Sept. 17, at 6 p.m. at City Hall.

Williams said a few other items are also listed on the agenda for the called meeting including possible changes to the city's RV ordinance and applications for the city manager position.