At its last meeting of the fiscal year, Demopolis city council adopted a budget of $ 10.5 million for 2021-2022 on Thursday.

Projected revenues for the year are $ 10,593,444 and expenses are estimated at $ 10,431,323, leaving a cushion of $ 162,122.

Taxes make up the bulk of income at $ 9 million. General government spending is expected to be $ 2.6 million; Fire and police services to $ 1.94 million each, and debt reduction to $ 1.15 million.

Mayor Pro Tem Charles Jones Jr. presented a proclamation marking September 17 as National Prisoner of War / MIA Appreciation Day to Keith Murray with the VFW. Murray said it was important to stay focused on soldiers who were prisoners of war or who are still missing, as just recently nine more remains were identified at Guadalcanal and Pearl Harbor.

Acting Fire Chief Jeff Bailey and Keith Murray with the VFW hoist the POW / MIA flag in front of City Hall.

The director of the Demopolis Zone Chamber of Commerce, David Lyons, has received the agreement for the 50e Annual Christmas celebration on the river from December 1-4. The vote also included the entertainment district for the event.

The only catch in this year’s plans is construction on City Landing which is slated to begin in October, although it is not expected to interfere with the Cookoff BBQ in George Franks Field.

Council gave approval to Mayor Woody Collins to negotiate a contract with William Scott of TRISTATZ. The organization is helping write grants for funding COVID relief efforts. Since the city has already received its share of the funds, TRISTATZ would provide oversight.

The Council also voted to allow Jason Pendergrass to apply for more grants to build a terminal at Demopolis airport. Previous bids significantly exceeded the project budget. Pendergrass told advisers that a new bid for the infrastructure work has been won by Eaves Construction and that work is expected to start shortly.