The new Arab City Council adopted a $15,292,935 budget for the 2020-21 fiscal year.

“We purposely delayed passing the budget this year,” said Mayor Bob Joslin. “Normally that’s done by the first of October when the new fiscal year begins, but we delayed that so the new council would have a chance to comment on it. It wouldn’t be fair to have them working with a budget they didn’t have any input on.

“We passed it out to them a few weeks ago and I think they’re all in step with it,” Joslin continued. “All the council and the department heads are agreeable with what’s in there. I think we’re going to have a great year.”

While the budget is somewhat close financially to last year’s amended total expenses, and revenue, of $15,650,927, there are some differences within the budget due to current needs and pay raises.

Among other projects, $50,000 is listed for the retention pond work near the soccer fields, $11,000 for a new charging station downtown for electric vehicles, and $150,000 for the new access road on the Putnam property on 12th Avenue.

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