Tuesday, May 21 2013 8:07 AM EDT2013-05-21 12:07:49 GMT
The American Red Cross is working with Oklahoma officials and have been all night to help clean up the devastation and ensure victims of these monstrous tornadoes get the help they need. They're alsoMore >>
The Red Cross holds blood drives, CPR classes and says there are many ways for folks to lend a hand throughout the year but now, for disasters like this, the organization says the best way to help is through donations.More >>
Tuesday, May 21 2013 7:29 AM EDT2013-05-21 11:29:09 GMT
The Oklahoma City Medical Examiner's Office is now saying that at least 40 more have been killed after a deadly tornado outbreak barreled through Oklahoma, bringing the death toll to 91. At least 40 ofMore >>
The Oklahoma City Medical Examiner's Office is now saying that at least 40 more have been killed after a deadly tornado outbreak barreled through Oklahoma, bringing the death toll to 91.More >>
Tuesday, May 21 2013 12:03 AM EDT2013-05-21 04:03:02 GMT
Paramedics tell us they're amazed no one was seriously hurt in a rush hour crash just outside Albany Monday evening. The driver of a pickup truck lost control on Philema Road just before 5:00. The truckMore >>
The driver of a pickup truck and his passenger walk away from the mangled wreckage after a crash.More >>
Tuesday, May 21 2013 12:02 AM EDT2013-05-21 04:02:59 GMT
An unusual wreck on Albany's bypass Monday night left the highway littered with yard debris. About 9:30, a car collided with a trailer that was hauling tree limbs on the Liberty Expressway between theMore >>
Wrecked cars and yard debris slow traffic on Albany's bypass.More >>
May 13, 2008
Albany -- Albany city commissioners continue to work out details for next year's budget. They think they'll need to take 5.8 million dollars from reserves to balance not only 2009's budget, but this year's as well.
"We have to be real careful with our reserves. We have a real hefty fund balance, but we don't want to dwindle it away," said Albany City Manager, Alfred Lott.
Commissioners rolled back the milage rate for this year to offset potential property tax increases after reappraisals. That cost the city about 1.6 million in property taxes. The city is paying an extra 1.4 million for health insurance increases that they didn't want to pass on to city employees.
Another unexpected expense, $490,000 for a workforce audit and retroactive payments to some city workers who were underpaid. The rest of the extra expenses come from funding to the Riverquarium and demolition costs in downtown revitalization.
Commissioners don't want to increase taxes to make up the difference. "If we could work it out to where we do not have to increase the milage rate and keep things the way that they are; I think most commissioners around the table are going to do that," said Ward III City Commissioner, Morris Gurr.
City leaders plan to pull 3.6 million dollars from reserves to balance the 2009 budget. They already expect a $408,000 shortfall in property taxes, but they say that's better than a milage rate increase.
"I do not want to do anything that would increase the burden on our taxpayers especially if we have money that we put away for this purpose," said Ward II City Commissioner, Dorothy Hubbard.
Even after taking millions out of reserves, the city is still in good shape. "We still will have a 25 percent reserve and that's good. A lot of city's aren't able to do that," said Gurr.
And commissioners promise to be frugal in the upcoming fiscal year so they can continue to have a healthy reserve account.
Albany city commissioners will be have a public hearing on the 2009 budget May 27th. They will adopt the final budget at the end of June.