Biloxi Mayor A.J. Holloway called a special meeting of the City Council to continue discussions about the municipal budget for Fiscal Year 2012, which begins October 1, 2011.
Director of Administration David Staehling and Holloway have been meeting with department directors over the past several weeks to draft proposed departmental budgets.
This week councilmembers received the audit for Fiscal Year 2010, which provided a snapshot of city finances for the period from October 1, 2009 to September 30, 2010. No financial irregularities or findings were reported in the audit, conducted by the Biloxi CPA firm of Piltz, Williams, LaRosa & Co.
Director Staehling. “We did make cuts in all departments that year, operated with aboyt $7million and it sounds like we had a positive spread because our cuts exceeded the revenue drop. But we still had $6 million more in spending than we generated in revenue that year. That’s going to be the big challenge that we face in the current budget talks, to make sure our expenditures match available revenue, while keeping a prudent financial cushion to offset any eventualities.”
The Comprehensive Annual Financial Report for FY 2010 (CAFR). Two unique high;ights were referenced in the presentation the Letter of Transmittal and Management’s Discussion and Analysis. [Click Here] to view the synopsis.
Additional Information: The entire CAFR and other city budget information is in the Financial Report section on the city web site. [Click Here] to view the information
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The Maritime & Seafood Industry Museum’s 26th annual $10,000 drawdown will be held on Saturday, September 17 at the Biloxi Yacht Club. The drawdown is the museum’s major fundraiser of the year and will begin at 6 pm with an open bar and and entertainment by Hank Berumen.
The buffet, offering many special seafood dishes, will begin at 7 pm and the drawing will begin at 8 pm. Door prizes will be awarded throughout the night with a silent auction also will be featured.
Tickets are $100 each and are being sold throughout the Coast by members of the museum. They also are available at the Maritime and Seafood Industry Museum office trailer at 115 First Street.
Only 500 tickets will be sold, and each ticket will admit two people to the event. Tickets must be shown at the door to enter the drawdown.
For ticket information, call the Maritime & Seafood Industry Museum at (228) 435-6320.
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This column was prepared for publication by Hank Richards, joltleft.com writer for Huntsville, Alexandria, the British Petroleum Recovery Program and the Gulport/Biloxi/Gulcoast restoraton region.
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