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|$6,500 Worth of Discusson on a $65 million Budget
|It's, by no means, the largest part of the City of Galesburg's Fiscal Year 2009 Budget, but it still generated almost 45-minutes worth of discussion at Monday night's council meeting.
Aldermen, during a budget work session, discussed at length $6,500 in funding for the newly-formed Neighborhood Enhancement Organization. Several aldermen thought the line item should be cut in half since it's the first year, but fifth ward alderman Karen Lafferty suggested it be increased to 10-thousand dollars.
Lafferty, who said two weeks ago she didn't think the $2,000 that the local chapter of Christmas in Action requested from the city should be granted, has changed her mind in a way. "I would rather see money in (the NEO) line item, so that we can take out money for paint or whatever where people volunteer with Christmas in Action can do," Lafferty said. "But I'd rather see it put back into Neighborhood Enhancement. I don't want it to be strictly for Christmas in Action."
In other words, Lafferty said she wanted Christmas in Action to have to get funds from the Neighborhood Enhancement Organization instead of directly from the City Council, and include that money in the NEO budget.
No members of the public spoke during a public hearing on the budget Monday night. A vote on the budget for Fiscal Year 2009 will be held next month.
Aldermen Monday had no discussion but approved a series of engineering agreements that will cover work to be done before a railroad overpass is built over the North Seminary Street crossing.
|11 17 08 by Newsroom
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