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I 217 VV ,Dora St 1 ~g ~2 12:15:0( I1.1.-I I I.1.1 I I I I.1 I.1.11 II II1 I.!.t.I Location Of One Hundred Forty-Eight Consecutive Annual Masonic Celebrations ONE HUNDRED EIGHTEENTH YEAR NUMBER 33 8 PAGES PRINTED ON 100% RECYCLED PAPER WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 31,2018 50 PER ISSUE (SALESTAX INCLUDEO) The Florala City Council approved the gen- eral fund budget for the 2018-2019 fiscal year at their meeting last week. The budget follows: CITY OF FLORALA GENERAL FUND BUDGET 201B-2019 FLORALA WILDCAT QUARTERBACK JACOB HAMMAC (bottom of pile) dives in from 2 yards out for a touchdown in Friday night's win over the Kinston Bulldogs. The win secured the #4 seed in Region 2 and a place in the 1A playoffs. See story page 8. by Lisa Windham Florala Mayor Terry Holley commended the city's volunteer fire department members for spearheading a recent donation drive to assist victims of Hurri- cane Michael. Some fire depart- ment members and others also traveled to the area to render their assistance. "It is very spe- cial for Florala to help out. I just hope We can bring some kind of relief," stated Holley. A resolution was approved to amend a 2017 Community De- velopment Block Grant (which will reline existing sewer lines in various locations) in order to complete the project within the allowed budget. During commitee reports a variety of subjects were ad- dressed including: water erosion on 12th Avenue, tree pruning at Lake Jackson, and speed bump installation at the Florala Hous- ing Authority and on 6th Street. In other business the Council: agreed to hold one meeting next month on November 19 due to the Veteran's holiday appointed John Coverstone to fill a vacancy on the Industrial Board approved accounts payable approved minutes of the Oc- tober 8 meeting and October 18 speical meeting approved a 2018-2019 fiscal year budget (see related story). Alabama's General Election is set for Tues- day, November 6. Ex- planations of the four statewide constitution- al amendments which will appear on the bal- lot have been released by the Fair Ballot Com- mission as follows: AMENDMENT #1 "Proposing an amendment to the Con- stitution of Alabama of 1901, providing for certain religious rights and liberties; authoriz- ing the display of the Ten Commandments on state property and property owned or ad- ministrated by a public school or public body; and prohibiting the expenditure of public funds in defense of the constitutionality of this amendment. " Under current law, the state constitution contains no language The Florala News 1155 Fifth Street Florala, AL 36442 related to the display of the Ten Command- ments. Amendment 1 does two things. First, it pro- vides that a person is free to worship God as he or she chooses, and that a person's religious beliefs will have no ef- fect on his or her civil or political rights. Second, it makes clear that the Ten Commandments may be displayed on public property so long as the display meets constitutional require- ments, such as being displayed along with historical or education- al items. Amendment 1 also provides that no public funds may be used to defend this amendment in court. If a majority of voters vote 'Yes" on Amend- ment 1, the state con- stitution will provide that a person is free to worship God as he or she chooses and that a person~s religious be- IIUI[ ,!,Jll![ I[IU !! II II liefs will have no effect on his or her civil or po- litical rights. It will also provide that the Ten Commandments can be displayed on public property so long as the display meets consti- tutional requirements, such as being displayed along with historical or educational items. If a majority of voters vote "No" on Amend- ment 1, no language related to the display of the Ten Command- ments would be includ- ed in the state constitu- tion. There is no cost for Amendment 1. No pub- lic funds may be used to defend this amendment in court. AMENDMENT #2 "Proposing an amendment to the Con- stitution of Alabama of 1901, as amended; to declare and otherwise affirm that it is the pub- lic policy of this state to recognize and support the sanctity of unborn life and the rights of unborn children, most importantly the right to life in all manners and measures appropri- ate and lawful; and to provide that the consti- tution of this state does not protect the right to abortion or require the funding of abortion." Under current law, the state constitution does not include any language that directly relates to the impor- tance of unborn life or the rights of unborn children, nor does it include any language that directly relates to abortion or the funding of abortions using state funds. Amendment 2 pro- vides that it would be the public policy of the state to recognize and support the importance of unborn life and the rights of unborn chil- dren, including the right to life; and to pro- tect the rights of unborn children. Additionally, the amendment would make clear that the state constitution does not include a right to see AMENDMENT page 5 REVENUE - "- Ad Valorem Taxes 136,000.00 Sales & Use Taxes 800,000.00 Motor Fuel Taxes 41,500.00 IRP - Motor Fuel Fund 1,000.00 Tobacco Tax/Stamps 55,000.00 Beer Tax 25,000.00 Business License Revenue 145,000.00 Oil Production 350.00 i Building Permit/MH Fees 5,000.00 Franchise Fee 45,000.00 Court to City 220,000.00 Garbage Fee 240,00000 Debris Collection Rent/Lease 6,800.00 Insurance Proceeds 6,000.00 Motor Vehicle License 12,000.00 ABC Board Profits 303.00 Auto Sales Tax Revenue 5,000.00 Sale of Assets 2,000,00 ' Accounts Payable Adjustments 950.00 Special Events Donations Miscellaneous Utility Reimbursement State Police Grant Interest Fire Dept/Ins Reimbursement Miscellaneous Grants HUD Disbursement Kiwanis Park Rec Board Reimbursement 30,026.00 28,000.00 2,800.00 2,000:00 Total Admin Revenue ~L Covington County Appropriation Monthly SARCO, Contribution Monthly Individual Contribution 1,807,729.00 11,000.00 11,160.00 : 4,808.00 Total Nutritional Center Revenue **COURT** Online Court Payments Court Payments 26,968.00 158,244.00 132,411.00 Total Coud Revenue * * LAKE JACKSON * * 290,655.00 Pavilion Rental Campground Sites Boat Launch Laundry Park Entry Storage Convention Center Miscellaneous T-Shirts/Mugs 1,600.00 116,000.00 3,500.00 2,500.00 3,000.00 o 3,500.00 : 5,000.00 800.00 2,650.00 Total Lake Jackson Revenue 138,550.00 Donations Pepsi Product Revenue Burn Permits Grant Donations Insurance Ad Valorem Tax Miscellaneous 1,200.00 100.00 : 200.00 6,500.00 7,000.00 41,000.00 1,000.00 Total Fire Department Revenue 57,000.00 TOTAL GENERAL FUND REVENUE 2,320,902.00 - -- - - EXPENDITURES - "" -~-- --- **ADADMININ** Salaries - Admin Salaries - Elected Officials Salaries - Longevity Salaries -Reimburse by Utility FICA Tax Health Insurance Unemployment Insurance Workrnan's Comp Insurance Accounting/Audit Fees Legal Fees Office Supplies & Expense Holiday Lights & Decorations General Capital Outlay NC Heat-Building Repairs Utilities - Telephone - Postage Admin. Schools & Meeting Election Liability/Auto/Official Ins. Public Notice/Ordinance Enforcement GOB Warrant Principal Payments GOB Warrant Interent Payments Contributions Accounts Payable Adjustments Chamber of Commerce License Fees and Dues Advertising Admin Mileage see BUDGET page 2 70,000.00 8,500.00 500.00 11,000.00 6,200.00 15,500.00 1,000.00 25,000.00 25,000.00 12,000.00 14,000.00 1,000.00 10,000.00 10,130.00 12,901.00 7,802.00 62,347.00 1,000.00 44,150.00 57,743.00 1,700.00 32,089.00 31600.00 2,000.00 1,409.00 2,414.00 !