by Lisa Tome
When it comes to water, the Town of Perryville won't be caught with its membrane train down again.
In 2017, the town went into water conservation mode and brought in a portable temporary mobile water filtration system. That was because both of the water filtration membrane trains needed to be replaced. The new trains cost $253,000 and need to be replaced about every nine years.
The fiscal year 2019 budget, recently passed by Perryville, sets aside $85,000 to pay for future water filtration membrane trains. Perryville town administrator Denise Breder said the plans are to set aside that amount annually. Perryville also set up contingency funds in both the water and sewer accounts and the general fund.
The town didn't raise income tax rates this year for real or personal property. The town also does not charge extra for trash removal. It is part of the town tax bill.
The Community Fire Company of Perryville will also receive more than double their usual amount from the town, which typically gives the company $30,000 and $2,000 for fire police. This year, the fire company will receive $70,000 and $2,000 for fire police.
The town also set aside $56,910 towards the future town hall construction project. An additional $25,000 was allocated towards the upgrades at Trego Field little league complex.
Of the town's $4.9 million general fund expenditures for the fiscal year beginning July 1, the biggest ticket item is the $1.5 million for the police department. The public works anticipated spending is $758,000. The general service budget is $382,443. Parks and recreation expected spending is $339,987. The administrative budget is $327,992. The sanitation and waste removal budget is $298,650. Planning and zoning budget is $277,960. Debt service is $218,979. Additional expenditures are planned for the mayor and commissioners, finance department, accounting and legal, economic development, engineering, outreach program, and Rodgers Tavern.
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