The Winder City Council approved its operating budget for FY2015-2016 last week.
The FY2016 budget increased by 4.3 percent over last year and is up 17 percent over the FY2013-2014 budget.
Revenue for the $34.8 million budget will mostly be derived from service fees with $28.2 million anticipated for the year. In addition, the city projects tax revenue to make up $4.7 million of the budget, up from $4.4 in 2015. The city credits an upswing in Local Option Sales Tax for the increase.
Expenses within the water department are a major component of the budget. The city has entered into an agreement with the city of Auburn to construct a reservoir for raw water storage.
Winder is looking at spending $10 million towards the project next year. In addition, the city plans to spend an additional $4.7 million for various water improvement projects during the upcoming year.
See complete story in the June 10 print edition.