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Monday, June 28, 2010 Volume XIX, Number 6
Did Ya Know?.. . There will be a
cancer benefit on July 31 at the Carthage VFW from 12 to
6 PM for Bill Pearce, Jr. Auction at 3 PM. Donations are
Did Ya Know?.. . Carthage
Farmers Market every Wed. and Sat starting at 7 a.m.
Plants, produce and more. Carthage Square.
Did Ya Know?...The City of
Carthage will be spraying for mosquitoes Monday June 28
through Friday July 2. Your area will be sprayed in the
evening of the day your garbage is picked up.
How many of
these have you said?
Dont ask me, ask your mother.
Were you raised in a barn? Close the door. You
didnt beat me. I let you win. Big boys dont
cry. Dont worry. Its only blood. Dont
you know any normal boys? Now you listen to ME, Buster!
Ill play catch after I read the paper. Coffee will
stunt your growth. A little dirt never hurt anyone, just
wipe it off.. Get your elbows off the table. I told you,
keep your eye on the ball. Who said life was supposed to
be fair. Always say please and thank you. That way, you
get more. If you forget, youll be grounded till the
end of the world. You call that a haircut?
"Hey" is for horses. This will hurt me a lot
more than it hurts you. Turn off those lights. Do you
think I am made of money? You call that noise
"music"? Were not lost. Im just not
sure where we are........ to be continued
A Chronological Record of Events as they have
Transpired in the City and County since our last Issue.
The Canning Factory.
The Carthage canning factory is not in
operation this summer, but may be opened this fall to can
peaches and apples. J. H. Magee, one of the proprietors
of the establishment says the factory is not operating
because of uncertain business conditions last winter that
did not justify putting out seeds to farmers who contract
with us. "We expect to put out seeds again this
winter," said Mr. Magee, "and will be running
as usual next summer." Mr. Magee said, "to run
the factory right we ought to have no less than 500 acres
of ground cultivated for us. Farmers have usually found
it very profitable to grow vegetables for us. Tomatoes,
one of the chief vegetables we can, yields an average of
150 to 200 bushels to the acre. We usually pay about
twenty cents per bushel for tomatoes at our factory
door." The factory is a creditable institution for
the City and gives employment to a number of hands,
mostly women and children.
Where the Money
Quoted from this
years City budget document
"The projected ending fund
balance in the General Fund is slightly higher
than in prior years. The main reason for this is
the uncertainty of the economic recovery and its
potential duration. If it lasts longer thanjust
the current fiscal year, the City would like to
be prepared to weather the storm with these funds
instead of having to further reduce the budget
potentially affecting service levels and
In light ofthe economic
conditions stated above, and the overall budget
policies for Fiscal 2011, the main emphases of
the budget were again reducing expenditures to
required levels while preserving personnel and
service levels as much as possible. To further
complicate the matter, projected increases that
impacted all operating departments were projected
increases in group health & life insurance
rates, a 2% Step increase, and an increase in
Police & Fire Pension costs. The average
increase in health & life insurance rates is
projected to be approximately 10% at renewal of
the contract. The renewal date is November 1,
2010; therefore, the projected rate change will
impact about eight (8) months of the fiscal year.
As employees had wages frozen last year and had
their portion of dependent coverage of the health
& life premium increased, the Council felt
that a Step increase was warranted. The Mayor and
the Budget Committee again indicated their
preference, if possible, to not adversely impact
staffmg levels. However, one full-time position
(Code Enforcement Officer) was eliminated through
attrition in the Public Works Department. It was
felt that with the downturn in the economy, this
position could remain vacant until such time as
more activity would occur. The CityS LAGERS
retirement plan contribution rate dropped to 6.2%
of covered payroll from 6.7%. Since Fiscal 2000,
the contribution for LAGERS has decreased 44.14%.
The Police and Firemens Retirement Fund
increased approximately 15% from last years
rate. Additionally, the Police and Firemens
Retirement Fund contribution rate has increased
approximately 124.6% since Fiscal 2000. Because
of the poor performance of the stock market, the
Police and Firemens Retirement Fund will
probably require another increase next Fiscal
appropriations in the General Revenue fund
provide for a slightly decreased level of
municipal services as provided for last year.
There are no new programs being proposed or
recommended for the new Fiscal year. Capital and
capital projects are being proposed based on the
needs presented by the Department Heads and
available funds. Total expenditures for Fiscal
2011 are $7,297,494. This is approximately 6.60%
below the approved Fiscal 2010 Budget of
$7,813,090. The Personal Services category shows
a decrease of approximately $94,963 from last
year. This includes the increases for Group
Health & Life Insurance premiums, the 2% Step
increase and the change in the pension rate. The
Supplies and Services category shows an overall
decrease of $20,046 from last years budget.
Again, the decreases are due to cuts in the
operating budget as a result of lower revenue
projections on top of approximately $277,000 in
cuts in fiscal 2010s budget. The largest
cuts came in the Capital Improvements portion
ofthe budget. Over $5,000,000 was cut from this
portion ofthe budget. The CMA budget includes
funds in the sick leave buyout line item for
potential retirements in the fiscal year. This
fiscal year, two letters were received indicating
potential retirements. This caused an increase in
this line item in the budget of 5.26%.
Additionally, the increased transfer for the Golf
Course operations caused the entire departmental
budget to increase approximately 2.48% above the
2010 budget. The remaining budgets in the General
Fund managed to reduce spending levels from the
previous year. This fiscal year, a new General
Fund department has been created. This is the
Municipal Court operations. Formerly, these were
accounted for in the Police Departments
budget. Because of problems, they have been moved
under the supervision ofthe City Clerk.
Appropriate expenses formerly in the Police
Department have been moved to the new budget.
Departmental operating budgets in the General
Fund primarily kept their allocation for supplies
and services and training at or near the same as
last fiscal year. Although fuel prices have
fluctuated since last year, the departments are
planning on expenditures at about the same level.
Other changes in the Supplies and Services
category relate to utilities and maintenance
items for all the departments. Total Supplies and
Services for Fiscal 2011 are comparable number
for Fiscal 2010 was $1,698,139. The Personal
Services, Supplies and Services, and the Capital
categories of the budget decreased from the
previous fiscal year while the Travel and
Training and category increased from last
years comparable budget. Personal Services
decreased 1.8% (due primarily to retirements and
attrition); Supplies & Services decreased
1.18%; Capital expenditures decreased 49.98%; and
Travel & Training increased 1.61%. This
Budget provides for capital equipment and
projects for the various departments to maintain
current service levels. Total capital equipment
and capital projects last year amounted to
$802,880 compared to $401,593 this year. "
I suppose most have heard
about enough about the City budget by now.
Today will be the last of the "Where the
Money Goes" series for a while.
I may still reserve the
right to come back to the document on
I would like ta point out
that most of the City revenue comes from a
sales tax of one sort or another. Most are
aware of the regular merchandise sales tax,
but there is also a half percent sales tax
the City gets from gasoline sales within City
limits. The other main source of revenue
comes from CW&EP. It kicks in about a
million point thee as a return to the City.
Shoppin in Carthage does make a
You might also consider
recommendin the City Golf course to
your buddies. Ever dollar they spend
out there is one less the rest of have to
contribute in subsidy.
This is some fact, but
Just Jake Talkin.
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