Jacksonville adopts budget with spending increases

Jacksonville's 2013-14 budget is up more than 12 percent from last year, with most of the increase coming from the sale of land in the watershed for $680,000.

Jacksonville's budget, approved by City Council in June, is $7.66 million, up from $6.8 million last year, and residents can expect to see some city fees go up in 2014-15 in order to maintain services and facilities, city officials predicted.

The town and the Motorcycle Riders Association entered into a sale and land-swap agreement last year that brings the cash and a 40-acre area with parking adjacent to Forest Park. The off-road group gains 380 acres of upper watershed land next to its other holdings.

Most of the land-sale proceeds have already been designated for specific purposes in the budget, including:

  • Payoff of a $270,000 mortgage on a house that became the police station.
  • Engineering for notching of the reservoir dam will use $50,000, while the work will consume $150,000.
  • $150,000 is targeted for preservation of the Beekman House, Beekman Bank, the Catholic Rectory and the Court House complex, historic properties Jackson County transferred to the city in November 2012.

In preparing the budget, officials noted that fees will need to be increased in coming years to continue support of services and infrastructure.

— Tony Boom

Read more in the Mail Tribune later this week.

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