Fayetteville finalizes 2020 budget

The city of Fayetteville has their financial ducks in a row. With minimal tweaks from its first reading last month, city council approved their FY2020 budget at Thursday night’s meeting. 

The total budget comes in at $32,382,807, an increase of $2,367,524 from 2019. 

The bulk of expenditures goes towards public safety at 57 percent, with police drawing roughly $5.5 million and fire accounting for $4.6 million. 

Mayor Ed Johnson lauded the help of a citizens advisory board for their feedback. 

“This budget was not developed in a vacuum by our staff, “ he said. “What you see is a reflection of their input.”

Council also approved a bump in the water and sewer rate. The increase is geared towards meeting debt service obligations and treatment plant upgrades. 

The minimum residential water and sewer rate will increase by $1.43. The senior rate will increase by $1.21.