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Globe receives good news on financial audit

Posted: Tuesday, Jan 14th, 2014

Globe Globe City Council was presented with its audit for the 2012-2013 fiscal year at its meeting on Monday, Jan. 13.

Auditor, John Naylor, told mayor and council that the city is doing a good job of controlling its expenditures. He said the state share revenue increased from the previous fiscal year and the city sales tax went up more than $354,000.

According to Naylor, the city payroll decreased more than $36,000. He said the city has been able to control the amount of people it hires with the amount of people retiring. Naylor explained that there are some expenditures that the city was forced to make. The sewer plant needed a generator, and the city had to rent one before they could buy a new one, and this cost Globe more than $220,000. Police and Fire Department pensions went up $132,000, but the pensions are under a statewide system, which the city cannot control.

Naylor did inform council that they were in the red $61,000 in the water and sewer funds. This is in part due to the fact that water usage is down 2.5 percent from the previous year, which means that less revenue is coming in. Naylor's conclusion was that there was no frivolous spending, and the reasons for being in the red were not bad.

Margo Badilla from Copper Communities Hospice presented the final financial report for the money raised at the Jane Eck Fundraiser held on Nov. 11, 2013. Badilla said that the event raised a total of $13,240 for the Meals on Wheels Foundation, and the money will be split evenly between the Miami Senior Center and the Globe Active Adult Center. Badilla said the event was such a success, that the fundraising committee is going to meet to start planning another event for later this year.

City Manger Brent Billingsley let the public know that the period to have "A" frame signs up in the downtown area without a permit is over. Business owners must now go to city hall for a permit.

He also said that RV parking permits will now be enforced. Residents are allowed to have an RV parked on their property, with a permit, for a total for 14 days a year. Billingsley also gave an update on the Railroad Depot Project. He said that there was asbestos found, and an additional $2,961 will be needed from council. The matter will be brought up again at a future meeting.

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