The city of Jackson’s proposed budget for 2020 — at $11.9 million — is roughly $20,000 higher than the city’s amended budget for the current year.

City Council members last December approved a $10.8 million budget for the current year, but according to Director of Finance and Administration Cindy J. Murray, voted to increase the budget by just under $1 million with a mid-year adjustment.

During a meeting Nov. 19, City Council members moved to proceed with a proposed $11.9 million budget for 2020.

A public hearing on the plan was expected to be called during the Dec. 3 City Council meeting. Jackson Mayor Kay Pippin said a final vote would likely be taken during the Dec. 17 meeting.

Pippin noted that while the spending plan for 2020 is just $20,000 over the current year, the planned budget includes 2% across-the-board raises for employees, as well as the purchase of several new vehicles.

“It is a challenge for a city that has not had a property tax in 45 years to manage on a $11.9 million budget,” Pippin said.

Without a property tax, Jackson’s government is funded largely through enterprise activities — like electric and water sales — and sales tax collections.

In other business Nov. 19, the City Council also:

♦ Approved a final plat for Phase IV of Camellia Gardens. Developer Prospera LLC plans to build the final 20 units at the development on Camellia Court, which was first approved for a total of 56 townhomes in 2003 but was not completely built out.

♦ Approved a new hire at the Jackson Police Department.

♦ Adopted proclamations in honor of National Hospice and Palliative Care Month.

♦ Received monthly revenue and expense reports.

♦ Received monthly departmental activity reports.

The next meeting of the City Council is set for 7 p.m. Dec. 3.

Managing Editor

Michael Davis has been the editor of the Jackson Progress-Argus since 2010. He previously worked as an editor and reporter for the Henry Daily Herald and Clayton News-Daily.