Harrisville adopts balanced budget

HARRISVILLE– A general fund budget for the 2019-20 fiscal year, totalling $178,245, was unanimously approved by City of Harrisville aldermen on Monday.

No fund balance is being used to balance the budget.

Treasurer Tom Keerl said it has been awhile since the general fund has been in balance.

“I feel really good about the general fund budget,” he said.

A couple of road repairs are included in the city’s major and minor street budgets, which are separate from the general fund budget.

Keerl said the city has budgeted $30,000 of street repairs, with approximately $9,000 going toward repairs on Swamp Road and $20,000 going toward repairs on Second Street.

“These (projects) are both, basically, courtesy of the State of Michigan and them coming up with more money for the road fund,” he said. “We have been getting an increased amount in the road fund and, from the looks of it, it will keep growing.”

The board also amended the budget after it was adopted to reflect the $5,000 it will pay Tom Reif, a consultant with Michigan Municipal Cannabis Consultants, who will work with the city to amend its zoning ordinances to allow for commercial marijuana operations.

That money will come from the city’s general fund.

The 2019-20 fiscal year begins on April 1.

Keerl warned aldermen, however, that the 2020-21 budget would not likely be balanced, as the city will have to account for both an audit and an election. He said the audit and the election are relatively large expenses and that they occur every two years.

Crystal Nelson can be reached at 989-358-5687 or cnelson@thealpenanews.com.