After another record-breaking season of fun in the sun both guests and residents prompted the powers to approve a $48 million budget. The plans include investing more in recreational facilities, strengthening public safety and provides a three percent cost-of-living raise to all city employees.
From the projected $48 million, $3 million is carried over from last year's budget, $25 million the city intends to draw, with $23 million carrying over from 2012. Orange Beach expects to have a $4.5 million surplus for 2013 - $2.5 million more than expected - on December 31st.
"We had a huge surplus," Mayor Tony Kennon said. "But you never know what next year brings, so, you know, make hay while the sun shines." Total expenses in 2014 are expected to approach $29 million, down over $1 million from 2013, and reserves for future use, which carries money for natural disaster response, unforeseen expenses and payments to the Wharf; a $19 million sales tax agreement.
Recreational Funding in Orange Beach, AL
Currently, Orange Beach spends approximately $3.6 million in equipment annually. The planned improvements include a splash pad costing $120,000 to be located at the Orange Beach Sportsplex. Two playgrounds will be built; one at the sportsplex and the other at Camp Sunshine. Improvements will be made at the recently purchased Canal Oaks property also.