BY KRISTEN BUCKLES
Greeneville Mayor W.T. Daniels and Aldermen Sarah Webster and Darrell Bryan officially returned for another term in office during Tuesday's meeting of the Greeneville Board of Mayor and Aldermen.
Daniels was the first to take the oath of office, marking the beginning of his second two-year term as mayor and his twelfth term in office with the town.
Webster and Bryan followed, simultaneously reciting their oaths. Daniels noted that this was also Webster's twelfth term in office and Bryan's fifth.
Judge Kenneth Bailey Jr. officiated, leading the trio in their oath of office.
The mayor and aldermen promised to uphold the laws of the United States, and those of the State of Tennessee, as well as to serve the town honorably in the capacity to which they were elected.
"You'd think we'd have it memorized," Daniels said, joking about stumbling over words in excitement.
Following the oaths, the board voted on several end-of-year budgetary matters, including to adjust estimated expenditures and revenues from the previous 2011-2012 fiscal year to the amounts actually expended and received.
Town Recorder Carol Susong reported that the town's expenditures were approximately $348,000 below budget at $20.2 million.
Daniels and Bryan both praised the department heads for these savings.
Bryan, who serves as chairman of the Budget & Finance Committee, noted that every department came in under budget.
The board unanimously approved this adjustment to the 2011-2012 expenditures before turning their attention to revenues.
Susong said that some revenues came in higher and others lower than originally budgeted, but said the bottom line reflected a $922,000 increase in revenue over the original budget.
"Which, hopefully, is a pretty good number we can add to our fund balance," she said.
Praising Susong for an "outstanding" job, the board voted unanimously to approve these adjustments.
Finally, the board also voted to authorize the expenditure of one-twelfth of the estimated budget for 2012-2013 until the passing of the budget.
City Administrator Todd Smith noted that the Budget & Finance Committee will meet at 9 a.m., Wednesday, July 11.
Bryan said that Smith will be available to the aldermen to answer any questions concerning the final proposed budget after that time.
The board will consider the 2012-2013 budget on first reading during their next meeting on July 17, and then on second reading at a called meeting on July 20.
In other business, Paxton questioned the clarity of specific wording in the minutes in regard to a budgetary matter at the June 19 meeting, but voted to approve the minutes after hearing an explanation by Susong.