Horseshoe Bend City Council approved the 2004 budget Nov. 17 which includes a 3-percent pay raise for city employees.
The anticipated revenue for the city, excluding the water department, is $855,623 and the projected expenditures, excluding the water department, is $769,907.
The budget includes new computer equipment and software for the water department and the city's accounting, said recorder/treasurer Sally Pohl.
The city budgeted $30,000 to update the computer software from a DOS system to Windows. The money will be used to purchase software, computers, technical support and training. The money will be placed in a capital asset reserve fund, Pohl said.
The city also budgeted for the water department to purchase a new truck.
Pohl said department heads watched their spending so the city is in good shape.
In other business, the council directed Mayor Bob Spear to write a letter to Alderman Will Robson concerning his inability to attend city council and Finance Committee meetings. Members instructed the mayor to ask for Robson's resignation if he is unable to perform the duties required in his ward.
In other action, the council adopted Ordinance 2003-10 which amends portions of the zoning code.
The council adopted Ordinance 2003-11 which allows two additional members on the MRID Commission.
The council also approved Ordinance 2003-13 to amend the water rates.
The following rates were approved: up to 1,000 gallons -- $9.50; next 2,000 gallons $2.50 per thousand; next 2,000 gallons $1.80 per thousand; and over 5,000 gallons $1.50 per thousand.
Alderman George Williamson made a motion for the city to continue to furnish an accidental death and dismemberment policy for elected officials and department heads and the council approved it.
The council instructed the city attorney to prepare paperwork to remove an abandoned mobile home in Scenic Acres.
Spear read a letter from Chad Gallagher, policy advisor to the governor, which said Gov. Huckabee understand that building a better Arkansas requires strong partnerships at the local level. Gallagher said if the city needs any assistance to contact him.