The first reading of the Spring Hill budget for next year passed unanimously Monday night, but that doesn’t mean the work is done.
Between now and May the Board of Mayor and Alderman will tweak and work on the $45 million measure before it takes effect in July.
The second vote will be on June 19 with a budget workshop on June 13.
It is not yet balanced, with some $839,000 still needing to be cut. $26 million is slated for general fund operation and $6 million for capital expenses.
“It is still a work in progress,” Matt Fitterer, Alderman Ward 2, said. “Obviously there are major capital improvements that are needed in the city. New roads, new roads and more new roads. Prioritizing those while still producing a balanced budget is hard to do.”
He said U.S. 31 widening is the priority, but beyond that there are 20 or more roads that could use some sort of capital.
“Of course there are also projects beyond roads,” Fitterer said.
The budget includes money for a second exit at The Crossings, an expansion of city hall and a new library, police department and fire station.