Sorrento’s proposed budget calls for spending $800,000

The Town Council’s proposed 2013-14 fiscal year budget calls for $800,100 in estimated revenues and $739,400 in estimated expenditures.

Faulk & Winkler accountant Jacob Waguespack presented the preliminary budget to the council Tuesday. Council members plan to introduce the budget for further consideration during their June 4 meeting. The town’s fiscal year ends June 30.

The proposed operating budget estimates are subject to change as discussion with the council’s Finance Committee continues, Waguespack said.

The Finance Committee will meet at 3:30 p.m. Friday to go over the preliminary budget with Waguespack, the councilmen also decided. The meeting will be open to the public, officials said.

Councilmen Milton “Needlenose” Vicknair, John Wright, Randy Anny, Marvin Martin and Jason Adams attended Tuesday’s meeting.

Other issues coming before the council included:

UNPAID BILLS: Council members unanimously agreed to have Vicknair and Adams sort through about 50 unpaid sewer and garbage bills owed to the town and send a certified letter to households 90 days or more in arrears.

The uncollected sewer and garbage fees total about $32,000, with about 80 percent of those fees more than 90 days past due, Waguespack said.

Anny encouraged the public to let Police Chief Earl Theriot know if anyone is obtaining garbage collection or sewer services from the town without paying for them.

WATER SYSTEM: The council unanimously agreed to give about 15 households not currently connected to the town water system 30 days to hook up.

The town wants them to do so because of a requirement in a federal grant awarded to the town about 10 years ago that was spent on building the town water tower, Waguespack said.

The same households ignored the town’s request to connect several years ago, officials said.

DUMPSTER REMOVAL: The council decided without a dissenting vote to remove the town’s recycling dumpster from the rear of Town Hall.

Only a handful of people use the recycling dumpster on a regular basis and lately the town has been forced to pay for the removal of broken air conditioners and large chunks of cement that are not recyclable, Anny said.

A video surveillance camera proved to be too expensive to monitor the dumpster, Anny said.