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|Abingdon Aldermen Approve Budget; Appropriations Ordinance Next
|Separate budgets that have funds set aside for capital expenditures are being approved by the Abingdon City Council.
Aldermen Monday night signed off on the spending plans for water and sewer and the rest of the city's departments, which project 2-point-3 million dollars in expenditures for Fiscal Year 2009. The combined deficit is around 822-thousand dollars, most of which has been set aside to pay for the new water tower and to rehabilitate Well Number 3, which will serve as an emergency back-up water source for Abingdon.
Another 150-thousand dollars is earmarked in the general fund for the acquisition and demolition of properties that are in bad shape on Main Street. Aldermen heard first reading of the budget last month, and Mayor Steve Darmer tells WGIL no changes were made to it over the past two weeks. "The budget, the way it was set up, was approved with a vote of 8-0, so unanimously," Darmer said. "It's set to have a public hearing before the next meeting, the 16th (of August) at 6:45pm for any public comments, then the ordinance will go into effect, or a budget appropriations will. It was approved as it was read."
Without the capital projects, which may or may not be done, it's essentially a balanced budget.
In other business, Darmer says City Attorney Jack Ball requested the city rework Abingdon's noise ordinance to make it easier to enforce. The issue came up after residents who leave near Hardees complained to the city council about noise caused by trucks parking in the restaurant's lot leaving their reefers running and dropping loads.
Darmer says Ball is working with Hardees management to get a signed agreement that would allow city officials on the restaurant's property to enforce the ordinance when people violate it.
|06 03 08 by Newsroom
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