Aberdeen audit shows financial improvement for city

An audit of the City of Aberdeen's finances showed the city continued to improve financially over last fiscal year, with a $2.2 million surplus in its general fund, city Finance Director Opiribo Jack said Monday.

The firm McGladery LLP did the audit, which showed most of the general fund's surplus came from property and income tax revenues, state and county shared revenues and savings in salaries and benefits, according to a report Jack gave to the mayor and city council members during their meeting Monday night.

The city's water fund had a net income of $170,000 for fiscal year 2013, before transfers and capital grants, while the sewer and stadium funds posted net losses of $25,000 and $28,000, respectively.

Subdivision approved

With Monday's session being the council's only one in December, the council approved a preliminary subdivision plan for a property in the 600 block of South Philadelphia Boulevard (Route 40).

The property is owned by Steve Feazell and currently contains 7-Eleven and Precision Tune AutoCare.

Feazell asked to subdivide it into three lots for another commercial development behind Precision Tune.

'A great citizen'

Mayor Mike Bennett said Thomas Baine, an Aberdeen Heritage Trust board member, died early Monday morning.

As a Pennsylvania native, he taught "a ton of our kids" at Aberdeen High School for 29 years before retiring in 2006, Bennett said.

Mr. Baine was also a life member of Lions Club and a past district governor in the Aberdeen chapter of the group.

"He was the kind of gentleman that epitomized what a great citizen in our city should be all about, doing and giving and being a part of our city life, and we all will miss him very much," Bennett said before dedicating the night's opening prayer to Mr. Baine and asking city residents to keep his family in mind.

A viewing and funeral for Mr. Baine will be held Saturday at Tarring Cargo Funeral Home on South Parke Street, with interment following at Baker Cemetery on Route 22, Bennett said.

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