Split council adopt budget

With three votes yes and two no, the Bowie City Council adopted a budget of $19.3 million for the 2014-2015 fiscal year on Sept. 2
Councilors Tim Adams, Ben Wiseman and Mary Owens were in favor of the second reading of the ordinance, while Councilors Arlene Bishop and Dana Hulstine voted against. Councilor Laura Sproles was absent from the meeting.
The budget includes $8,191,915 in the general fund and $11,132,578 in the utility fund. The total $19,324,493 is a 2.4 percent increase from the 2013-14 budget of $18,877,942.
Utility fund expenses are budgeted at $11,132,578, with revenues at $13,084,500. A budget transfer of $2,160,000 goes into the general fund. Water and sewer rate hikes that go into effect Oct. 1 will generate an additional $120,000.
General fund expenses are budgeted at $8,191,915 and revenues of $6,600,293.26. Debt payments in the general fund are budgeted at $775,340.
The second public hearing on the proposed tax rate of .473 cents per $100 property value opened the meeting, with no one among the large audience voicing their opinions. The rate is an increase of 5.11 percent over the 2013 rate of .45 cents.
Read the full story in the Sept. 6 edition of The Bowie News.