Lincoln Council approves 2022 budget

LINCOLN – Lincoln’s 2022 General Fund budget expects to receive 25% more revenue over 2021, with a 21% increase in spending. City employees will receive a 6% raise in 2022.

Lincoln City Council approved the budget at its Dec. 21 meeting.

For the City’s general fund, the City expects to receive $ 699,400 in revenue, compared to $ 559,145 in the 2021 budget, with $ 596,650 in expenses, compared to $ 494,075 in expenses for the 2021 budget. , for a net profit of $ 102,750.

The general fund budget shows that most of the revenue will come from taxes, including $ 121,000 from county property tax, $ 123,000 from franchise taxes, $ 186,000 from county sales and use tax and about $ 177,000 in local sales taxes.

The budgets of other departments include:

• Library: Revenu, $ 267,010; expenses, $ 256,850.

• Policy: income, $ 578,050; expenses, $ 699,800.

• Sanitation: Income, $ 236,100; expenses, $ 213,900.

• Street: Income, $ 49,130; expenses, $ 47,800.

• Water: Income, $ 3,115,850; expenses, $ 3,069,017.

The water utility’s capital expenditure in 2022 will be a new work truck for $ 40,000, a fence at the wastewater treatment plant for $ 50,000 and the purchase of 175 radio meters.

The city plans to receive $ 340,750 of its 1% local sales tax for capital improvements.

The capital improvements budgeted to this account will include two garbage truck payments for $ 57,750, $ 15,000 for technology, $ 53,000 for a new police vehicle, $ 56,500 for new equipment for police and services. fire, $ 50,000 for convictions and property cleaning, $ 35,000 to fencing off the police parking lot and $ 25,000 in miscellaneous expenses.

In another action on Dec. 21, council voted 6-2 to approve an ordinance amending Lincoln’s municipal code to give the mayor or other authorized official the power to make “public utility” purchases for an amount not not exceeding $ 35,000 without having to seek competitive offers.

City council members Billy Rusher and Amanda Thomas voted against the ordinance.

According to the ordinance, the Arkansas Legislature, in its 2021 general session, raised the “no-bidding cap” for first-class cities from $ 20,000 to $ 35,000.

For purchases over $ 35,000, the city will have to seek competitive offers, except in cases where the city council “makes specific findings for exceptional situations.”

In addition, the advice:

• Approval of the city’s 2022 contract with attorneys Steve Zega, Andrea Anderson and the law firm Courch, Harwell, Fryar and Ferner, PLLC for legal services. The city will pay $ 200 an hour for the city’s legal services and $ 150 an hour for the legal costs of the lawsuits.

Zega explained that he was asking for an hourly increase for his services from $ 175 to $ 200 per hour, but that he was reducing the city attorney’s fees from $ 175 to $ 150 per hour.

“I looked at my company’s billing from last year to this year and it has almost doubled,” Zega told board members.

The main reason for the increase, he said, is that a new lawyer learns the functions of the prosecutor and it takes him longer than he needs. He said he didn’t think it was fair to ask the city to pay him the same rate as he did while she was still learning the job.

Zega said he believes the changes will represent a net saving for the city, compared to his 2021 bill for legal services.

• Adoption of an ordinance and approval of the emergency clause, to charge a fee of $ 100 for water flow tests. This will allow the city to recover part of its costs when water flow tests are requested by builders or developers.

• Adoption of a credit order to waive tenders and enter into a contract with Core & Main for the purchase of 288 radio reading water meters for $ 46,400.

• Approval of a contract with McClelland Consulting Engineers for engineering services required in 2022. McClelland is already engaged by the city for other projects.

• Approval of a three-year contract with Garver, LLC, for planning services for the city. Juliet Richey with Garver has been the town planner for the past four years.

Hulse said Garver was doing the city a “great service”.

“We couldn’t do it without them,” she said.

• Accepted and approved the 2020 audit as performed by the Certified Public Accountants of Berry & Associates.

• Filing of an ordinance modifying the Municipal Code of the City on the permitted uses of fireworks within the limits of the City.