Improved infrastructure basis for Rutledge Council budget talks

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By Reann Huber

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Rutledge City Council members discussed their main areas of concern for the upcoming 2016-2017 fiscal year budget at one of their public budget hearings, with a large focus on their water system and sewer lines.

Mayor Spencer Knight understood that repairs need to be done throughout their water system due to water loss, and the price to fix that will go up with the more areas that need to be repaired.

“It is going to cost us a lot to get all of this fixed, but in the long run it will be worth it,” Knight said to the other council members.

Debbie Kilgore, City Clerk, also noted to council members that she budgeted over for the water system in case of a serious break in the system or more lack of rain.

Other concerns that had been brought up in previous meetings were roots in sewer lines, so they wanted to set more money aside to fix any other root problems along other sewer lines.

Council members will have more opportunities for the public to come voice any concerns about the budget or add comments on June 21, with a public session starting at 6:30 p.m., followed by a budget hearing at 7 p.m., and their normal council meeting at 7:30 p.m.

Kilgore is taking the council’s concerns under consideration as she crafts the FY 2017 budget. Kilgore anticipates the proposed budget will be ready for review by the next Rutledge Mayor and City Council regular meeting on Tuesday, June 21 at 7 p.m.

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