The City of Minden will move into the 2011-2012 fiscal year with a budget of just over $33 million.
Following a public hearing Tuesday, just prior to the regular meeting of the Minden City Council, council members voted unanimously – with all members present except District B Councilwoman Fayrine Kennon-Gilbert – to approve the budget which shows a shortfall of around $499,000.
"This is a bare bones budget," Minden Mayor Bill Robertson said previously. "It's a tight budget. But we're not broke, nor are we in a bad financial state. The figures we have come up with are realistic, if not optimistic. Our expenses are close, so we may have to amend it some time during the year."
The city's new fiscal year begins October 1.
Other items approved by the council include appointment of Michael Fluhr as the new city clerk and a request from Ty Pendergrass for a front and side yard variance and parking space variance at 1000 Broadway.