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October 24, 2013

Annetta finally adopts budget

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The general fund budget includes increased funding for the city’s two now-full-time employees, as well as funds to move into a new city administrative building.

The council also unanimously adopted the city’s $917,000 enterprise fund budget for the city’s water and sewer systems. Funds for two proposed wells for the Deer Creek Water System are expected to be funded with bonds approved by voters in May 2012.

Adoption of the city budget was late this year.

Though state law requires adoption of a city budget by Oct. 1, the city council did continue paying its bills after failed attempts to pass a budget during the month prior to the Oct. 17 regular city council meeting.

There are no known consequences for not doing so prior to the deadline, according to Mayor Bruce Pinckard.

The city council’s Sept. 19 agenda included the adoption of the budget. However, as a thunderstorm passed through the Annetta area, the power went out at city hall, halting budget discussion.

During the meeting, council member Wood brought up the issue of whether Annetta residents were given the legally required notice of a public hearing on the budget but was told by city officials that the requirements had been met.

The budget was not discussed during a continuation of the Sept. 19 meeting on Sept. 24 because the public notice requirements had not been met, according to Wood.

The city council was unable to hold a public hearing and adopt the proposed budget during a specially called Oct. 1 meeting because the city did not have a quorum to do business as council members Moore and Wood did not attend.

Wood and Moore said they knew they would be unable to make it to the specially called Oct. 1 meeting and communicated that to city officials prior to the meeting.

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