Heflin City Council Works to Balance Budget After Audit Finds Deficit
Heflin City Council discussed ways to balance its budget after a recent audit found the city had a budget deficit of $109,000 in the 2017 fiscal year. During their council meeting, City clerk Shane Smith proposed several cuts and changes to help balance the city’s budget. Some of those suggestions include an increase in business license fees, a decrease on spraying pesticides in city buildings from four times a year to only two.
Other ideas include cutting employee education and training budgets in half, splitting the Chamber of Commerce appropriation amount from $5,000 to $2,500 and changing phone and internet service to a new provider that will save the city more than $8,000. Smith also suggested that there be only a 1% raise for city employees if needed.