Aberdeen mayor, council approve emergency budget amendment

The Aberdeen City Council and Mayor Mike Bennett voted unanimously Wednesday morning in favor of a budget amendment to transfer $73,000 within the city's general fund as officials close out the fiscal 2013 budget.

The vote was taken during a three-minute emergency meeting held in the council chambers at city hall.

"This would be a routine customary change," City Manager Doug Miller told the elected officials.

The amendment affects the budget for the 2012-2013 fiscal year, which ended June 30. Both Miller and Finance Director Opiribo Jack said the change is part of closing out the last budget for the annual audit.

The amendment moves the $73,000 from the $1.23 million medical insurance line item in the last general fund budget, which had a surplus, to the $160,000 line item for municipal building operations, Finance Director Opiribo Jack explained.

The extra funds will be used to cover repairs to public buildings, including city hall and the police department, Jack said.

The revised figures will show $233,000 in the municipal building operations line item and $1.16 million in the medical insurance line item, according to the budget amendment.

Jack stressed to city leaders that the change would not affect the overall FY2013 budget, which he expects to show a surplus. The mayor and council approved a $12.4 million operating budget for that fiscal year in May 2012.

"The net effect is zero," Jack said.

Following the meeting, the finance director declined to say how much the surplus would be until the audit report is presented during the city council's next regular meeting in November.

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