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Public hearing on South Boston budget tonight

It’s a night of public hearings, resolutions and proclamations for South Boston Town Council at its monthly meeting, with public hearings set on the proposed $9,906,802 budget for 2012-2013 and an amendment to the 2011-2012 budget of $356,000 earmarked for the landfill gas project.

The meeting gets under way at 7 p.m. at council chambers on Yancey Street.

The $9,906,802 budget for 2012-2013 represents a 1 percent decrease from last year’s budget of $10,007,167.

There are no tax increases or fee increases in the proposed budget, which carries over $379,000 in prior year income for one time capital expenditures.

Those expenditures include $150,000 in carry-over funds for the Washington-Coleman Community Center project; $174,000 for priority storm water repairs and upgrades; $35,000 for a fire department EMS rapid response vehicle; and $20,000 for fire department building renovations.

Less $1,179,000 in transfers in and loan proceeds - grants and carry-overs - actual general fund revenues are projected to be $8,727,802 for FY 2012-2013, compared to $8,544,201 in 2011-2012.

The majority of that 2 percent increase is driven by projected increases in general property tax and local tax collections.

Most of the 6 percent increase in the police department budget, $2,020,013 to $2,133,560 is for projected increases in fuel costs, while the increase in the fire department budget, $780,953 from $659,552, is to help pay for a new EMS vehicle and building renovations.

Council also is set to consider approval of the 2012-2013 fee and tax list tonight.

Also on council’s agenda is a resolution providing for refunding of a general obligation improvement bond (Series 2001) and a proclamation designating May 21-June 3 as “Click It or Ticket Week in South Boston.”

A citizen comment period follows tonight’s agenda.