Red Bank Has Decrease In Spending; Grants 2% Pay Increases

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Red Bank Commissioners on Tuesday night approved a no-tax-increase budget that includes a small decrease in spending and grants employees an across-the-board two percent pay increase.

Spending goes from $4,942,654 to $4,909,661. 

Requested spending was at over $5.1 million.

The tax rate remains at $1.35 per $100 of assessed valuation.

John Alexander, finance director, said cuts from the wish list include not funding three additional officers for the police department and three for the fire department. It was decided to use the drug fund to pay for four new police vehicles.

Commissioner Rick Causer voted against the budget, saying he still had some unanswered questions and some issues with some spending items.

Officials said the requested $5.1 million budget is currently posted on the city website and the budget as passed will be posted on Wednesday.

At the suggestion of Vice Mayor Floy Pierce, city hall is getting a new coat of stain.

She said she admired the staining of a house on Forrest Avenue, and said that will be copied to give some new sparkle to city hall. 

The contract with Eastman Construction is for $12,600.

Mayor John Roberts said city officials held a meeting with new Chattanooga Mayor Andy Berke.

He said one of the results is that Red Bank citizens will be able to get free mulch from a site on Amnicola Highway starting Aug. 1. 



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