By CHRISTIN COYNE
ANNETTA – The Town of Annetta isn’t expected to shut down despite failing to pass a budget by the beginning of the fiscal year.
City council members Bruce Moore and Larry Wood failed to show up at a special meeting Oct. 1, called for the purpose of discussing and adopting a city budget. The meeting was a specially called meeting, and council lacked a required quorum of members present to conduct city business.
Though state law requires the city to adopt a budget by Oct. 1, the city likely won’t be penalized for not doing so, according to Mayor Bruce Pinckard, who said that the city’s attorney told him there are no known consequences.
Council member Chuck Sheridan said the city would continue to pay its bills.
The council attempted to discuss and adopt a budget on Sept. 19. However, in the middle of budget discussion, a passing thunderstorm caused the power to go out in the area, leaving the city hall building in the dark.
Wood and Moore said they could make the Oct. 1 meeting when the council discussed rescheduling, Pinckard said.
By the time public notice requirements are met, it would nearly be time for the city’s regular meeting on the third Thursday of the Monday, the mayor said, adding that they will schedule adoption of the budget for the council’s Oct. 17 regular meeting.
The city wanted to get an earlier start on the budget, according to Pinckard, but the budget process was delayed because the city did not have a city secretary until well into the summer.
After starting in his position near the end of July, City Secretary Chad Roberts went back and reconciled every ledger, essentially performing an internal audit, according to city officials.
The city’s proposed $166,000 general fund budget and $917,000 water and sewer fund budget are expected to fund items such as the purchase of an administrative building, improvements to the water and sewer systems, a comprehensive plan for the city, a payroll increase, a purchase of a city-owned vehicle for use by staff, and roadway funding.
The proposed city budget can by found online at www.annetta.org.
By CHRISTIN COYNE
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