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Centerville sets $10.2 million budget hearing for June 6

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City Council members have been given a proposed 2018 budget for review and have set a public hearing for the new spending plan for June 6.

City accountant Carol Harrison gave the council the proposed $10.2 million spending plan during a work session Tuesday to review prior to the public hearing. The hearing coincides with the council’s next regular meeting.

Harrison said the current Centerville budget is $8.6 million, reflecting a $1.6 million difference between the 2017 and 2018 fiscal years.

The city’s annual budget is developed by committee through rounds of meetings of city employees, department heads and two council members.

Harrison said a summary of the budget is available for public review at the city clerk’s office at 300 E. Church St.

Also during Tuesday’s meeting, the council approved spending $5,580 from existing sanitation department funds to provide two covering structures for compactors and related equipment at the Centerville Recycling Center.

Councilman Randall Wright, who oversees and leads volunteer efforts at the center, said the structures were needed to prolong the life of the expensive compactors.

Additionally Tuesday, council members discussed plans for a Popcorn in the Park outdoor family movie presentation Saturday at Center Park at Centerville near the intersection of E. Church Street and North Houston Lake Boulevard.

Mayor John Harley said about 250 residents attended the previous Popcorn in the Park event. He added that while festivities start at 6 p.m., the movie will not begin until shortly after sundown.