HMU Board approves FY 2013-2014 Budget


January 25th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

The Harlan Municipal Utilities Board of Directors, Thursday, approved their Fiscal Year 2013-2014 budget. CEO Darrell Wenzel said during the meeting total operating revenues dropped 5% while water increased 8 percent and could be more if the drought continues. HMU will realize a 3% increase in revenue, with operating expenses were down 3%.

In other news the Board of Trustees discussed, in length, recent talks between HMU and the City regarding the Former HMU building. In the meeting, it was noted the City is worried about spending money on remodeling the front offices of the former HMU building and then the Utility company coming back to the city asking for the use of the building.

An agreement is being drawn up by the city and HMU but nothing has been set in concrete. HMU is currently using the former building for head-in equipment. The Board did not take any action on the matter and instead advised CEO Wenzel to continue talking with Harlan City Administrator Terry Cox on an agreement.

(Joel McCall/KNOD)