By Gary Lloyd
The Trussville City Council and heads of various city departments will meet next week to discuss the budget for the city and departments.
The discussion is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 22 at Trussville City Hall.
No budget approval for the next fiscal year will take place, as that must happen in a formal city council meeting.
Earlier this month, city officials said Trussville has received $15.9 million in sales tax with two months left in this fiscal year. Officials had projected $17 million to come in this year.
City Clerk Lynn Porter said the city could receive another $2.5 million to $3 million in the final two months of the fiscal year. The fiscal year ends Sept. 30.
Trussville received $17.39 million in sales tax in 2012. During the 2010-2011 fiscal year, prior to the city increasing its sales tax from 2 cents to 3 cents, Trussville earned $11.91 million in sales tax. Prior to the decline of the economy, the city received $13.43 million in sales tax revenue for the 2006-2007 fiscal year. Trussville earned $12.77 million in sales tax revenue for the 2007-2008 fiscal year.
Mayor Gene Melton said the city needs to be “as conservative as possible” with next year’s budget.
“Next year is going to be a tough year,” Melton said.
Porter said the city has also received $1.4 million in property taxes with an estimated $1.5 million for the year. Trussville is not likely to receive much more by the end of the fiscal year, though, as most comes in earlier in the year.
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