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Thomson City Council approves budget for 2010

After weeks of sifting through documents and crunching numbers within various departments, the City of Thomson has unanimously approved a budget for the year 2010 that totals $19,089,291.

Council members also adopted the same millage as last year. It will remain at 5.40 mills, Thomson Mayor Kenneth Usry said.

It means there will not be a city property tax increase.

The new budget and millage issues were addressed during the council's monthly meeting held at city hall last Thursday night.

It reflects a difference of $11,850,897 over 2009. The biggest reason is that natural gas prices were significantly higher last year than they have been this year.

Despite cut backs by city officials, employees still are in line to receive a 1.5 percent increase. They will wait until after the first quarter to see how revenues trickle in before actually dispersing the pay increases to city employees.

Mayor Usry commended Administrator Don Powers, Finance Director Tammy Haire as well as city department managers for their work in putting together a balanced budget. He explained that officials made cuts in a variety of ways to come up with a balanced budget.

"Everybody worked together and very hard to make this come about," Mayor Usry pointed out.

Web posted on Thursday, November 19, 2009

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