City cuts budget by $900K, gets 5 rating for insurance

By MARY PEREZ – meperez@sunherald.com

D’IBERVILLE

With revenues down and expenses up, D’Iberville is following other Coast cities and looking for ways to cut costs.

City Manager Michael Janus said Tuesday the staff has pared $900,000 from the budget, which should see the city through the budget year that ends Sept. 30.

“It’s going to be very difficult next year.” Janus told the mayor and council.

Saving residents money in the coming year, D’Iberville will have the only Class 5 rating in the state in the National Flood Insurance Program. Building official Hank Rogers said this means flood-insurance savings in the AE and VE zones will increase from 15 to 25 percent starting Oct. 1 and in other areas from 5 to 10 percent.

Rogers said people should check their renewal bills after Oct. 1 to make sure they receive the discount.

In other action:

n D’Iberville will apply for a grant from BP to buy hazard suits, booms and other materials to prepare for cleanup should oil from the Deepwater Horizon disaster get into the Back Bay.

n A workshop with the economic committee is scheduled for June 24 at 6 p.m.

n Ward 4 Councilman Stephen Furney will be “walking the ward” Wednesdays in June, starting at 6 p.m. June 9 at Cottage Court, McElroy Lane, Sandalwood Court, Cottonwood Court and Springdale Avenue.

Read more: http://www.sunherald.com/2010/06/01/2225129/city-cuts-budget-by-900k-gets.html#ixzz0phsDA200

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