Lucama working to make budget add up; meeting set for Friday afternoon

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LUCAMA — Town officials plan to figure through budget discrepancies and hear from the public during a meeting this afternoon.

Town Administrator Teresa Whitehead delivered the proposed fiscal year 2019-20 budget last week and sent the prepared document to The Wilson Times on Friday. The budget is $3,320,338, which reflects an increase of $109,969 from the current budget. However, a line item in the general fund revenue was listed twice with two differing amounts. Whitehead presented a revised budget without the redundancy to The Wilson Times on Thursday.

“I certainly looked over it and there are some things I will speak to Ms. Teresa about,” said Lucama Commissioner Patricia Uzzell. “It is new to her and somewhat new to me. We can all make some errors, myself included, so I’m going to look back over it again.”

According to the original budget proposal, the general fund revenue was supposed to total $449,074 – balanced with the general fund expenditures — but totaling the line items revealed it actually added up to $472,424. In the amended budget proposal prepared this week, the revenue totals $469,608 despite showing a total of $449,074.

“We will deal with the discrepancies as we go along in the budget public hearing (Friday),” Uzzell said. “It was just some minor issues with the numbers, but I have to discuss it with the board before we go any further.”

Requests for information about a $129,356 increase in utility charge revenue and a $121,615 increase in the appropriation to purchase of electricity was not explained along with several other increases to line items in various departments. The proposal does not include an increase to the town’s current property tax rate of 50 cents per $100 valuation.

The public meeting is at 3:30 p.m. today at the town hall, 111 S. Main St.