In its last meeting of the year, West Point City Council on Monday voted to approve the city’s 2014 budget.
The $20,380,268 budget, an increase form last year’s $17,874,948, includes raises and rate increases for the city. Employees will receive a 2 percent cost-of-living pay increase, the first since 2011.
A 2 percent rate increase was also voted on for sanitation, water and sewage costs. The city opted to keep its current, city-run sanitation system and garbage pick up as opposed to privatizing pick up, which will now cost residents $17.54 a month, an increase of 30 cents. The base charge for water rates will increase 17 cents to $8.76 and sewer from $2.81 to $2.87 per 1,000 cubic yards.
There will be no change in electric and gas rates.
Council also voted to approve restricted parking and littering in the city. The following areas downtown will be restricted to two-hour parking Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m:
• Third Avenue between West 8th and West 9th streets on both sides.
• Third Avenue between West 9th and West 10th streets on the west side of Third Avenue.
• West 9th Street between Third Avenue and Fourth Avenue on the north side of West 9th Street.
“No parking, standing or stopping” and “No Littering” signs will be enforced in the following areas:
• Kia Parkway from Kia Boulevard to Highway 18.
• Highway 18 from O.G. Skinner Drive to the south ramps of Interstate 85, with Georgia Department of Transportation approval.
• Webb Road from Kia Parkway to the city limits of West Point.
• Kia Boulevard within the city limits.
• Safety Way from Kia Parkway to the dead end.
The littering ordinance will now fine those guilty of littering $500 for the first offense and $1,000 for each offense thereafter.
Other approvals Monday included a $450,000 purchase of 1.335 acres of land to proceed with improvements for West Point recreation that will entail a free-play field for non-program use.
The next work session is scheduled for Jan. 9 at 8:15 a.m.