Robbins Adopts Budget
Robbins adopted next year’s budget on a 4-1 vote last week.
Commissioner Terri Holt had the sole objection, as she proposed an across-the-board 10 cent tax cut, but was unable to secure support from other commissioners without specifying exactly what services or expenses should be cut to pay for it.
The resulting proposed $1.1 million budget represents expenses cut to the bone, according to George Hayfield, the town manager. As requested during the previous board meeting he had prepared a list of potential expenditure reductions but recommended not decreasing any of the items.
At that time the board favored presentation of the budget as prepared, and that was the version passed. As adopted, The Robbins 2011 – 2012 fiscal year budget drops enterprise spending by $17,720 (2.9 percent) and general fund expenditures by $91,790 (7.4 percent) for a total savings of nearly $110 thousand.
“The budget is restructured from last year’s and shows substantial cuts from the (fiscal year 2010-2011) budget,” Hayfield said in his report to the board. “There is no property tax rate increase proposed.”
The current tax rate in Robbins is 66 cents per $100 valuation. Holt had wanted it lowered to $.66 instead, but received no support from other members of the board.
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