Horne CPA is building a new headquarters in Ridgeland.
Horne CPA is building a new headquarters in Ridgeland.
Construction on an accounting firm is set to complete in 2019, but that will lead to some unforeseen road work added to next year’s budget.

Mike McCollum told the city board on Monday that an estimated $463,000 in work, largely water and sewer lines, that would have to be added to the nearly complete Fiscal Year 2019 budget. The work is the city’s end of a deal with Horne CPA, which is building a headquarters off Sunnybrook Road.

The project includes water and sewer lines as well as a turn lane and a storm drain line — and developers pay impact fees to the city.

“I don’t understand how an item of this magnitude was not already talked when we were doing the budget when we knew it was set to hit,” Ward 1 Alderman Ken Heard said.

McCollum said that he had mentioned that this was on the horizon but did not know when it would hit until after the budget meeting.

“It is tough to estimate when this stuff will come out because it depends at least in part on these companies’ construction schedules and when they are issued permits,” McCollum said.

Mayor Gene McGee echoed McCollum saying that the board was notified that this was coming down the pipe at some point in the future.

Ward 2 Alderman Chuck Gautier said that this was a tough item to fit in after such a “gut-wrenching budget.”

Alderman-at-Large D.I. Smith said that this could have affected previous conversations on anything from raises to mosquito spraying.

“How many others like this are there out there,” Smith asked.

McCollum said he did not know.

City Clerk Paula Tierce said that she found funding for the project in the budget, but would likely have to dip into the general fund to completely fund it.

The FY 2019 budget is said to include across the board raises and a new mosquito spraying contract as well a leased street sweeper. The public hearing for the FY 2019 budget is scheduled for Sept. 4.