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Special city council meeting at 7 tonight

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Council to vote on second reading of budgets

By Stephen Lega

The Lebanon City Council is scheduled to meet in special session at 7 tonight, June 20, with just two items on the agenda.

The council will consider the second readings of the revised 2012-13 budget and the proposed 2013-14 budget.

The council unanimously approved the first reading of the 2013-14 budget during a special-called meeting June 13.
The budget includes nearly $8.6 million in total resources, including $6.4 million in new revenue.
This is a decrease compared to the $8.86 million in resources the city had during the 2012-13 fiscal year. Last week, the city council also approved the first reading of its amended 2012-13 budget.
The city council must approve a second reading of both budgets and then publish them before the budgets are considered official.
The 2013-14 budget shows nearly $6.75 million in total spending, which would be an increase over the $6.66 million in spending listed in the amended 2012-13 budget.
The revised 2012-13 budget shows the city had $6.58 million in its general fund. For 2013-14, the city is expecting to have nearly $6.3 million in its general fund.
The sewer fund is showing a slight increase for next year. The revised 2012-13 budget lists $2.122 million in the sewer fund, while the 2013-14 budget projects that fund will have almost $2.129 million in available resources.
The city’s revenue from the occupational tax came in $135,000 over the original estimates for 2012-13. The city had expected $2.1 million in occupational tax revenue, but in the revised budget, the city listed $2.235 million from occupational taxes.
For 2013-14, the city is anticipating $2.3 million from occupational taxes.
In the only other item of business at the June 13 meeting, the council approved a request for a noise variance and street closing on the morning of July 27 for the Back Tutu School 2.2-mile family fun run/walk. The race is a fundraiser for the Girls on the Run program.
The race will begin on S. Spalding Avenue near St. Augustine. Participants will run or walk up to the intersection of Spalding Avenue and Woodlawn Avenue, turn around and return to the starting point.
Enterprise Publisher Stevie Lowery made the request as the local Girls on the Run coach.