Cornersville approves budget

Thursday, June 14, 2018

The Cornersville Board of Mayor and Aldermen approved the first reading of the town’s budget for the 2018-19 fiscal year.

The town is budgeting $456,054 in revenues for the coming year against an expected $438,568 in expenditures.

Both numbers represent slight increases to the current year’s projections.

The largest increase in the budget comes as a result of a decision by the Tennessee Department of Transportation.

Due to the Hatchett Hollow bridge project being included in Gov. Bill Haslam’s IMPROVE Act last year, the town is no longer required to pay part of the cost of the project.

The funds that had been set aside for the town’s share of that project have been moved to the road budget, enabling the town to spend $67,500 in the coming year on paving projects in town.

Construction on the project is expected to begin soon, said Town Administrator Scotty Brock, who said that TDOT informed him to expect 10 weeks of construction time.

Vehicle maintenance budgets for both the police and fire departments were increased by 10 percent, as the town deals with repairs on an aging fleet of vehicles.

The fire department also saw a $3,500 increase in its overall budget as the town is expecting to replace three sets of turnout gear for firefighters, as it did this fiscal year also.

Turnout gear, the equipment needed to enter structure fires, is required to be replaced every 10 years.

Aldermen approved the budget unanimously.

Aldermen also approved on final reading a resolution naming the bridge on Coleman Road close to the high school in memory of Bryan Giles.

An official date will be set for the renaming will be set later in the summer.