LEESBURG -- City officials here OK'd with little discussion a Fiscal Year 2013 budget at a special called meeting Tuesday evening, squeezing every dime they could out of what they're saying will be a "real tight" spending plan.
"It's a tight budget, but we'll work within our means," Leesburg Mayor Jim Quinn said before he and the City Council approved a $2.5 million general fund and a $1.3 million water/sewer fund.
City leaders acknowledged that some departments will have to do without items on their wish list over the next fiscal year, which kicks in Sunday.
"We had to cut a truck here or there, maybe a tractor or two," Council Finance Committee Chairman Bob Wilson said. "The police department could certainly use another car, but we had to leave that item out to get cameras in the police cars the department is using now. That's a good trade-off.
"There's no way around it; this is just a real tight budget. And our contingency fund is the lowest its ever been. All-in-all, I think this will be a workable budget for the city."
City Clerk Casey Moore said that, even with officials keeping a close eye on budgeted items, the city would still finance some important projects during FY 2013.
"There are some great public service projects," she said. "The cameras in our police cars are important, and we're partnering with the county on a radio system that will allow emergency personnel to better communicate.
"We're also trying to wrap our arms around conducting audits that will allow our systems to operate more efficiently. We'll do things like not working our systems during peak hours to cut costs, just trying to be more efficient in the things we do."
The council also approved a contract that will allow the Department of Transportation to move forward with a road improvement project at the corner of U.S. Highway 19 and Fourth Street downtown. The project is expected to help alleviate traffic congestion in the city.