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FRIDAY, JULY 13, 2007

Priceville mayor says budget looks good

By Ronnie Thomas 340-2438

PRICEVILLE — The adage "If it ain't broke, don't fix it" might apply to Priceville's budget.

As the Town Council begins mapping a budget for fiscal year 2007-08, which begins in October, Mayor Melvin Duran said Thursday that the town might be able to rubber-stamp the current budget of $1,794,550.

"Overall, we're operating well within budget," he said. "From October 2006 through June, we took in $1,531,782.43 and spent $1,255,099.13."

The mayor said it's understandable why the only department not within budget is the Volunteer Fire Department, for which the town budgeted $35,850.

"The department has spent $38,557, and we all know a major portion went to the expansion of Station 2 at Brooksville," he said. "Considering everything, to be over less than $3,000 isn't bad."

Duran said the department would have been deeper in the red had firefighters not handled most of the labor.

"I commend them for the fine job," he said. "I also appreciate council members for being good stewards of the town's funds and for moving forward with sound financial management."

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