Approved FY 2015-2016 Budget
September 15, 2015
Dear Councilors and Partners of Prattville,
A road map is a detailed plan or explanation that guides you in setting standards or determining a course of action. Presented to you is a road map for our future needs in 2016.
While we are now a mechanized, technology-based, service-oriented organization, we walk in the footprints of our 1839 forefathers. We have seen their achievements. We benefit from and utilize some of their investments every day, everything from General Government and Information Technology to Public Safety, Public Works, Quality of Life programs and infrastructure.
We have certain core services to provide. We are, and need to be, ever evolving, helping to develop our Departments, our valued employees and Partnering with our Government friends and colleagues.
We have plans, we have goals, and we have commitments. Some of these are listed inside these documents. These, coupled with new ideas, hard work, dedication and perseverance, have been and will prove to be the tools to continue to move this community forward.
Our revenue, shown in this document, has increased over the past year, but this budget was built off of the previous year's actuals.
Our financial footprint is firm and we continue to make progress, not only in paying down debt, but also in making capital investments to areas that provide services and infrastructure for this City. There is good debt and bad debt. In this budget, there are multiple opportunities to continue to make good investments and be resolute stewards of taxpayer dollars, which is our first priority.
The cost of doing business is being held to a minimum because of the hard work of Council Committees, dedicated department heads and their determined staff, who have embraced change and continued to work very hard for the citizens of this great City.
In passing this budget, we make another step toward financial/fiscal responsibility and ensuring continued growth opportunities for our Partners of Prattville. A role of government is to provide an environment for private enterprise to flourish, to provide a future for the next generation. The best future to give a child is to help them understand the past.
Please stay connected with us through my office, committees, our City website, and social media so that we may answer questions, gather opinions from you, and keep everyone informed.
We are dedicated to serve.
Bill Gillespie, Mayor
City of Prattville