City Council Held Third and Final Budget Work Session Friday
NORFOLK - The Norfolk City Council held their third and final budget work session Friday morning. City leaders heard presentations from various city utility divisions. One item in the budget includes the removal of the city's water tower on 25th street and Prospect Ave. Dennis Watts, City Water and Sewer Director said that demolishing the tower will actually pose cost savings to the city.
Watts: "It needs painting as everybody can probably see and that would cost us approximately $300,000 to paint that. So we're thinking money ahead and we'll demo it for approximately $30,000 and erect a communication tower that will not be near as maintenance intensive as a water tower."
The cost to build the tower is set at approximately $200,000. City Finance Director Randy Gates, said that over all the budget as presented to the council has a roughly 10% increase over the previous fiscal year
Gates: "The budget that's been proposed in these three work sessions will be a total budget of roughly $81 million which compares to last year's total budget of about $73 million."
The city council will tentatively hold public hearings on the upcoming fiscal year budget in September.