Plan in place: Berryville council approves city’s 2018 budget

Friday, December 22, 2017

The Berryville City Council voted at its Tuesday meeting to approve the Fiscal Year 2018 Budget.

Mayor Tim McKinney said the budget does not designate all of the revenue from the city’s 0.5 percent sales tax, which residents voted to extend this July. According to the budget, there will be about $6 million of revenue from the sales tax improvement bond funds, and about $3 million has been designated for appropriations.

“We put in there what we knew we wanted for sure,” he said. “We didn’t want to put it all in there.”

According to the budget, the $3 million designated for appropriations includes $400,000 in the sewer improvement bond fund, $2.1 million in the street improvement bond fund, $560,000 in the park improvement bond fund, $75,000 in the fire improvement bond fund and $125,000 in the police improvement bond fund.

The council also voted to renew the city’s contract with CH2M Hill for wastewater treatment plant management services.

“Our five-year contract expires next year,” McKinney said, “and they would like to go ahead and get those renewed a year ahead of time. There is an incentive to renew this a year early.

They’re going to go ahead and fix our UV disinfection system, which is about 15 to 20 years old.”

The council later voted to approve Ordinance 1025 on its first reading, rezoning a parcel of real property located at the west end of Hammons Avenue to R-3 multi-family residential zone.

McKinney also announced that the College Avenue project, which was designed to widen the street and add sidewalks to improve safety, is complete.

“For all practical purposes, College Avenue is done,” he said. “We’ve got a little bit of cleanup and a few things to do out there. We really appreciate all the people who live on College Avenue being patient. I know this has been a long drawn-out affair. Most people were very understanding of our situation.”

McKinney also thanked the council members for their service over the past year, noting that 2018 will be a big year for the city.

“We’ve got a big year next year with the water project, the soccer fields and the armory building,” he said. “It will be an exciting year.”

The council’s next regular meeting is scheduled for 6 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 2, at City Hall.

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