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Vidalia Budget Increasing
Tuesday, 27 October 2009

October 27--  The city of Vidalia's proposed budget for 2010 is nearly a quarter of a million dollars more than this year.

The city council got the budget for review at its meeting Tuesday morning.  The city general fund budget is up $237,000, the water and sewer budget is up $76,000 and the airport budget is down $73,000.  Fuel sales at the airport have been down this year and it is operating in the red.  

The overall budget totals $10.1 million.  The city council has no plans to increase property taxes and anticipates ending the year with $1.8 million in reserves.  City officials say they have collected over 98 percent of the city's property taxes this year.  Most of the balance is tied up in estates of deceased citizens, they say.

The council is expected to approve the final budget at ats December meeting.

In another action Tuesday, the council said it would consider changing the city's beer and wine ordinance to allow on-premises sale within a hundred yards of a church or within 200 yards of a school.  Ann and Karl Owens would like to sell beer and wine at the old Pal Theater, but fall ten feet short of the distance requirements in the current ordinance.  City manager Bill Torrance says the council will be asked to make exceptions for businesses located in the city's central business district.

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