Havelock starts budget process amid sequestration concerns

Published: Monday, March 11, 2013 at 07:19 PM.

"Today, we are getting between .1 and .25 of a percent on our investment. Horrible," she said.

Havelock has a policy of keeping in the bank enough money to operate for four months, which comes out to 32 percent of the annual budget.

"Today, that’s comforting to me when we talk about all those revenue streams that could be impacted by the federal decisions," Tillman said. "That’s why it’s prudent to have a fund balance, because the city will continue to be able to pay its bills and to offer the essential services to the public that they need."

The price of gasoline, as always, concerns Tillman as well. Last year the city set aside $25,000 as a contingency to account for fuel price increases.

"Every time it goes up for the public, it goes up for us as well and so it’s difficult for us to reduce our mileage because EMS needs to still run the calls, law enforcement needs to still be out patrolling and responding," she said. "Law enforcement does place in as many controls as they can, as does the fire and EMS department, but it’s difficult. We’ve still got to go out and do the limb pickup. We’ve still got to go out and fix the potholes. We still have to read the meters. We still have to do the service orders. Moving the jail to Tuscarora cost us an increase in time and in the gas fee."

Once completed, the proposed budget will be available at Havelock City Hall for viewing, and commissioners will schedule a hearing to receive feedback from residents. 

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