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Pembroke OKs 2013 budget
Spending plan includes mill hike to pay for various projects
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The Pembroke City Council on Monday unanimously approved a $1.7 million spending plan for fiscal year 2013.

“That was a lot quicker than developing it,” Mayor Mary Warnell joked after the vote during the council’s regular meeting in City Hall.

The budget, which is about $80,000 more than the 2012 budget, is based on a millage rate of 10 mills, which was increased 8.359 mills in August. This was the first time the millage rate has been raised since 2008.

The millage hike is expected to raise about $60,000 to help pay for projects such as a contract with IT in a Box for a new city website, a reverse 911 system, 10 new streetlights, repairs to the city’s pool, a new heating and air-conditioning unit at City Hall, expenses to implement the Georgia Initiative for Community Housing program and more.

“The finance committee and council worked many hours trying to provide the future for the citizens of Pembroke without incurring a lot of property tax to them or any other things associated with that,” she said.

Property taxes are expected to bring in about $356,000, and local-option sales taxes are expected to generate about $530,000. These are the city’s largest revenue sources. Salaries and expenditures in the city’s public safety departments account for some of the city’s biggest expenses.

In other business:

• A resolution with First Bank of Coastal Georgia for a Community Development Block Grant for a water and sewer project was approved.

• The council appointed Charlotte Bacon and Linda Boyette to the planning and zoning board.

• A temporary standard operating procedure policy to meet qualifications of a grant to help pay for video cameras for city police vehicles was approved.

• The council meeting schedule for 2013 was approved. The council will meet at City Hall the second Monday of every month except in September and November.

The September meeting will be held the third Monday of the month, while the November meeting will be held the second Tuesday due to Labor Day and Veterans Day holidays, respectively.

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