BUDGET PUBLIC HEARINGS
The Crime Board budget was first to be discussed. The Crime Board had already approved the budget but before it went before Council citizens were given an opportunity to speak on it. With no one present wishing to speak, the public hearing was closed.
The council next moved to the Economic Development Corporation budget. This budget was already approved by the EDC. The public hearing was opened, but with no one wishing to speak the public hearing was closed.
The next budget that was discussed was the overall City budget. A public hearing was opened, and one citizen spoke. They questioned the need for the tax increase that was a part of the budget, saying home values are going up and so the City is getting more money anyways.
Council member Steve Ott was absent due to an illness.
BUDGET WORK SESSION
The council continued their ongoing budget discussions. First up was the Crime Board budget, which Council has to either approve or deny and can’t make changes to. Council member Elzie Clements spoke first, thanking the Crime Board and the Police Chief for how much they were able to cut their budget. He spoke highly of the WSPD and said he appreciates the cuts, but hopes they didn’t cut too much. Council member David Mann, echoed this sentiment. City Manager Jim Ryan reminded them that much of the WSPD budget is also contained in the main budget in addition to what is in the Crime Board budget, saying it was the “single most important and expensive thing the City spends money on.”