Preliminary city budget approved

With eight minutes and a pair of 8-0 votes, the Clovis City Commission quickly handled a special meeting, mainly focused on approving a preliminary $39.73 million budget for 2012-13.

The state Department of Finance and Administration requires a preliminary budget from entities by Friday, City Manager Joe Thomas told the commission.

Thomas said there were no salary increases or additional employee hires forecast. The last year city employees did not receive a pay increase was 2002.

Thomas said various departments may make changes before the current fiscal year expires, but "we feel this is relatively close and a good starting point."

Commissioner Dan Stoddard asked how the budget — down about 6 percent from the 2011-12 preliminary budget of $42.22 million — compared to the previous year. Thomas responded that the budget was relatively flat, and he anticipated the city should be in good shape for the year.

Thomas deferred commissioners to City Finance Director Don Clifton if they had additional questions. They did not.

The other vote the commission approved dealt with a pair of farm leases at the Clovis Municipal Airport.

When the city began construction of the runway extension project at the airport, modifications were made to a pair of existing farm lease agreements. City Attorney David Richards said Donnie Wall held the lease on the west portion of land, while MOBY LLC held the east portion of land.

Wall died recently, Richards said; widow Nara Wall indicated a desire to continue with the lease and needed documentation by Friday.

Both leases, Richards said, are for five years and retroactive to Jan. 1.

Commissioners approved the item without discussion.

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