Scottsboro With Surplus to Start 2013

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SCOTTSBORO, Ala. (WHNT) — The Jackson County budget has a deficit of more than $1 million, but Scottsboro city officials say their budget is in pretty good shape.

Mayor Melton Potter said the city operates on a budget of about $20 million, and they have a $300,000 surplus for the 2013 budget.

“Whatever we took in revenues last year is what we budgeted for this year,” Potter said.

“We don’t add any or take any away.  The budget is based on what we know we have got coming in from the past year.”

Potter said about 46 percent of the budget comes from sales tax revenue, which is up.

“I think overall the city of Scottsboro has fared pretty well for the last year,” he said.

“We were able to complete a lot of projects, probably did more paving in the city than we’ve ever done, especially in the last 10 years combined.  Paving is a huge need for us and something we try to tackle every day, just basically figuring out ways to get money to be able to get paving.”

City officials were aggressive with getting grant money for paving contracts, and the mayor said they look for state and federal funding in many areas.

Late in 2012 they received nearly $750,000 from FEMA in response to flooding from August 2010, when parts of Scottsboro got seven inches of rain in three hours.

It caused significant damage to 14 homes on East Maple Street.

The city is in the process of buying all those properties to tear down and clear the land.

“We just tore some down last week so it doesn’t look nice, but we’re going to maintain and landscape the area and there may be the possibility for a park there one day,” Potter said.

The new chairman of the Jackson County Commission, Matthew Hodges, is hard at work to balance their budget, and he has experience doing that.

Hodges spent a decade on the Scottsboro City Council, including the past four years as its president, helping to put the city in its positive financial situation.