The Harrodsburg Board of Commissioners have given tentative approval to a $26 million budget for the upcoming fiscal year.
The commissioners gave first reading to ordinance 2017-11, the city’s budget, on Monday. They will listen to public comments at the next city meeting on June 26.
The budget includes $18 million for water and sewage, $6.3 million for the general fund, $368,223 for tourism development and $295,989 for municipal aid.
The commissioners held a hearing for public comments for the municipal road aid and for tourism and grant-related monies, but no one in the audience spoke.
Commissioner Charlie Mattingly, who oversees the city’s Public Works Department, presented the commission with a list of streets that will receive paving this summer. The new budget will provide Mattingly with $200,000 to resurface city streets. He said half of that money will be used to pave Industry Road from the Bohon Road intersection to Wausau Paper.
Mattingly also wants to pave Barr Street, both sides of Factory Street from U.S. 127 to Main Street as well as Harvest, Oatfield and Wheatfield Roads. Altogether, Mattingly expects to spend $180,000 repaving city streets this year. There may be funds left at the end of the year for more paving, so the commission asks the public for their suggestions at the next meeting on June 26.
One street that will not be repaved is Marimon Avenue. Marimon, one of the longest and oldest streets in Harrodsburg, is undergoing utility work this year. Even though the contractor will replace and repair all the cuts made to the pavement, Mattingly said it would cost at least $200,000 to repave Marimon.
“It depends on revenue,” Mattingly said.