Crittenden adopts 2009-2010 budget

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By Bryan Marshall

While cities across Kentucky are having to adjust to tough economic times, Crittenden is financially sound.

The city council recently passed a 2009-10 budget that includes no cuts in general fund appropriations.

Two departments will receive more money in the coming fiscal year than they did in the 2008-09 budget.

“It was actually an easy process,” said Mayor Gayle Cayton. “I don’t think we’ve seen any problems from the economy yet. It might come about, but the process we go through is really easy in that we go through last year’s budget and crunch numbers of what was budgeted and what was actually spent.”

The budget allows for $645,082 in general fund appropriations, including $314,582 for general government; $173,000 for police; $50,000 for fire department; $32,500 for public works and $75,00 for sanitation.

The appropriations for sanitation, police and public works were the same as the previous year.

There were slight increases in the money given to general government ($19,800 more than 2008-09) and the fire department ($5,000 more).

Revenues in the general fund are estimated at $648,300, almost $5,000 less than the previous year.

“People are paying their taxes,” Cayton said. “In fact, we’ve collected some of the back taxes. We’re in good shape.”

The carry forward balance at the end of 2010 fiscal year is expected to be more than $1.6 million, a nearly $200,000 increase from the previous year.

“It’s because of conservatism,” Cayton said. “We’re a conservative group.”

“Our money’s in pretty good shape,” he said. “We’re expecting some sidewalk work to be done within the next year. We hope to get some matching funds to do that. If we do that, it won’t affect the budget that much.”