JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - Despite rising costs on necessities like fuel, a spending freezing and a reorganization helped the city of Jonesboro finish 2009 nearly $10.5 million below budget.
According to Mayor Harold Perrin, the city started with a total budget of more than $62 million; of that, $39 million was earmarked for operations and maintenance.
An unexpected jail bill bumped the budget to more than $68.5 million in expenses and increased the operations and maintenance figure to $42 million.
But, Mayor Perrin says, city department heads looked for ways to limit expenditures. He says that, coupled with a spending freeze, resulted in the city coming nearly $10.5 million below budget.
Although the city managed to reduce the O&M deficit by 37%, Perrin says the work is not done. He says the city is looking at other ways to reduce operating costs.