G E N E R A L A C C O U N T I N C O M E
We hope that Mr. Jones is working on our budget. And we hope that by this time he has secured the actual figures from October 31 to July 15th and has moved them upward to October 31 to have an idea of the actual revenues. Thereafter, he must go to each of the departments, go through the various contracts and make a determination of whether some of the income may increase or decrease due to the COVID 19 situation.
Ad Valorem Taxes will have to be determined and agreed upon per statute During the FY 2019-2020 it was estimated at $73,000.
CHARGES FOR SERVICES:
Copies – probably none since Mr. Jones doesn’t believe in 119’s – Last year budgeted at $500, but probably generated more since Jones charged more than the statute.
Faxes – Lat year $500 was budgeted but since Townhall is closed and no one wishes to be treated badly, everyone can use Faron’s fax.
Notary Fee– There are others who will do notaries. Jones lost his notary so I doubt if there will be $1,000 generated.
Equipment Rental – the Backhoe used to be rented by citizens with an operator but that isn’t happening anymore and we don’t know what the charge per hour would be if it is. It used to be $75 an hour but the equipment just sits to this date with very few hours on the paid backhoe and little on the new excavator.We showed $150 in our budget for the current FY. What a Waste.
Community Center/Amphitheater Rental was listed as $2,500 and a new contract was made. Doubt if there will be very many rentals and the Community Center is in need of repairs.
Building Rental, the Old Jail/Police Department – was voted on by the council to be sold, but Walter McKenzie wished at least double the value of $24-25,000 for which a person could get a loan. Then Mayor Miller felt it would be rented by someone so it just sits and Dennis Price before building his new building, gave a very fair offer but our council would rather have it sit and pay all the insurance on it. We showed a measly $2,500 in rental income, which I bet the insurance costs more, especially with hurricane rates.
Cell Tower Rental Fee was $20,092. Don’t know if we have a contract and whether that amount could be upped or if it will be lowered. Depends upon a contract
ELECTRICITY FRANCHISE FEE:
An estimated fee of $44,000 is received annually. Will it Change/
Local Business Tax was budgeted at $3,000 but it appears the amount should have been lower.
Mobile Home Licensing was estimated at $3,000 Are there more or less mobile homes?
Beverage Licensing will probably remain around $350
LDR Compliance/Signs and Permits is estimated at $100. Yet we pay Shonda Werts in excess of $6,000 which all she has accomplished is aggravating everyone and causing disharmony, but what really upsets people is that she doesn’t know what she is talking about.
Not much of anything. Last year we SOLD SURPLUS OF $2.500 AND had interest of $10.00
Did we receive a Bank Letter of Credit or a Loan from a bank on the Kendrick Project and how much do we owe and how frequently do we have to pay.
FRDAP The Turner Park project was $51,825. Are we still working out the plans including special needs for Physically Challenged as requested by Mayor Miller.
Nothing on the Carver Community Center, Nothing on the Fire Engine USDA grant since we purchased our own; I don’t know whether we received a State Fire Marshall Grant or contributions which Tommie Jones should determine.
We know the Fire Department will comply with their contract and receive $30,000 per year, which is to be used solely by the Fire Department to make payments on the new fire engine and other expenses.
POLICE DEPARTMENT INCOME
Golf Cart Permits was estimated at $500 , and this amount may be close to the actual.
The Police Department is actively fining people so that their estimate is $2,000, which if they keep it up may be actual rather than the $1,500-2,000 in previous years. especially if the officers keep lying about people and collecting on fines. The worst department ever since Tracy Rodriquenz took it over. We need honest people like Cecil Brownfield but if we get a decent cop, including Mr. Doyle, they leave.
We showed $150 for Law education but we continually are removing police officers or they are quitting and adding new ones. How do we know.
We showed in our previous budgets $20,157 in a police vehicle reserve and $12,498 in a Fire Department reserve but I doubt if we still have any of that money.
We at one time showed an Equipment Reserve and do we still have one of $15,000 or more?
At one time we had Economic Development income of over $20,000. Is that still applicable or has it been used up on something?
SALES AND USE TAX:
The actual Sales and use Tax is around $165,000. What is the actual amount for the October 2019 to July 15 2020 amount and by determining the amount per month what will we expect in income for the period FY 2020-2021.
Local Option Fuel Tax must remain as a separate ledger account to be used for Transportation only. The actual fuel Tax must be shown for the FY 2019-2020, estimated at $192,228 and since the amounts will be lower this upcoming year, an estimate of what that will be will have to be made, based probably on that which is generated in the last months.
County Infrastructure Tax was listed as Discretionary Sales Tax is provided monthly of approximately $69,188 annually. I believe this amount is used for the annual payments of one of our Enterprise buildings.
What was the actual Communication Service Tax and is that anticipated to go up, down or remain the same. It was estimated at $21,702.
State Revenue Sharing has been budgeted at $38,064 will that remain the same or go up, or be lowered since the COVID-19 pandemic.
Half Cent Sales Tax generates around $38,352 Will it be about the same or less because of COVID-19 and the economy.
UTILITY & SERVICE TAX:
The Ten percent tax generates around $54,000. We the actual figures more or less and what is estimated for the upcoming year.
What were the actual amounts for Ferrell/Hometown Utility Tax, Suburban Propane Utility Tax and Amerigas Propane Utility Tax and will these amounts be anticipated to be similar for the upcoming year. The Propane Tax was estimated at $1,500
Did we receive a quarterly fuel Tax Refund and will the amount received be similar to that which is anticipated for FY 2020-2021
What is the actual Local business Propane Tax and will that remain consistent for the FY 2020-2021? or is it included in the $1,500 above.
Any income from the Kendrick Street or other transportation related items.
Because of COVID-19 we did not show Recreation contributions or, Special Event Income. An estimate shall have to be made and in this last year, special events was limited to $4,000 with an amount budgeted of $5,000 which was not used. The Baseball Field has had repairs and whether there will be food and beverage sales will have to be determined for 2021. In fact Mr. Jones should discuss the ultimate outlays and what type of profit after tax may be estimated if baseball opens up.
VOLUNTEER FIRE DEPARTMENT ACCOUNT
We know our fire department will comply with the Hamilton County Contract and they are good at fundraising events, but this money should go into a separate area relating to the Volunteer Fire Department for future needs or stipends to the volunteers.
This is the only department which is able to handle their own budget, as long as the Town does not use the money.