The Palmyra City Council Thursday approved a budget for the coming fiscal year.

By a unanimous vote, the council gave the final okay to a nearly $5.8 million budget that includes all departments and the Board of Public Works.  

Council member Nathan Miller said the budget includes a “fairly generous raise” that gives city employees pay that approaches “market wages” for the area.

He also termed it as a “more than balanced budget” in that there is a good possibility city departments will not have to spend all of their budgets.

Miller, who will leave the council following next week’s election, was complimented for his budget work as chairman of the Finance Committee.

“I know it’s a daunting task,” said Council member Ken Sheputis in thanking Miller for his budget leadership.

The city budget breakdown includes:

City -- Administration, $314,64; Office, $164,455; Police, $571,693; Street, $573,590; and Recycling, $2,100

BPW -- Electric, $4,543,770; Water, $874,582; and Sewer, $554,252

Parks & Recreation -- $320,300.

The city budget includes $32,500 to renovate the old police station as a new city council chamber and $18,000 for a new phone system and new accounting payroll software as well as $36,000 for a used dump truck and spreader for the street department.

The park budget includes funding for lighting at Foster Field and a handicap accessible walkway to and from the parking to ball fields.   

See more in this week's Palmyra Spectator.