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City Council has first reading of 2016-2017 budget

At Monday, June 5, 2017 regular session of Columbia City Council, Mayor Curtis Hardwick presiding
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By Ed Waggener

The Columbia City Council held the first reading of Ordinance No. 220.169 amending the budget for the fiscal year July 1, 2016 through June 30, 2017 by estimating revenues and resourcdes and appropriating funds for the operations of City Government in its Monday, June 5, 2017, regular session.

In absence of the City Attorney Marshall Loy, Council member Craig Dean read the budget summary provided to council members.

Highlights of the budget changes are as follows:

- General Fund: total resources available for appropriation will change from $ 3,269,255 to $3,428,492. Estimated fund balances end of fiscal year will change from $1,239,778 to $1,336,304.

- Garbage Fund: total resources available for appropriation will change from $739,963 to $641,818. Estimated fund balances end of fiscal year will change from $245,046 to $142,474.

- *Municipal Aid Fund: amended from $133,169 to $156.940.

- LGEA (Local Government Economic Assistance) Fund: amended from $34,925 to $35,060.

- City of Columbia Utilities: total resources available for appropriation will change from $3,616,514 to $3,352,555. Estimated fund balances end of fiscal year will change from $2,656,176 to $2,510,256.

- Payroll Tax: estimated revenues will change from $925,000 to $985,000.

- ABC: total resources available for appropriation will change from zero at the start to $99,030. Estimated fund balances end of fiscal year will change from $00 to $47,684.

City Clerk Rhonda Loy said the council could expect two special called meetings during the month of June to work through details in each area.

Mayor Curtis Hardwick asked each council member to bring a list of roads that need work.

*Citizen Mary Anne Loy asked to be heard on the Municipal Aid Fund. She said sidewalks have historically been in this budget area with no line item of its own and she requested it have a definite amount in the face of her research and suggestions on badly needed work in the city. She said that money does not have to be spent on roads and could all go for sidewalks. Municipal Aid money is for streets and sidewalks. Council members Dean and Waggener agreed that sidewalks need their own designation and asked that it be done.

Mayor Hardwick said he could not see all Municipal Aid monies going into sidewalks but as budget details come into clear focus a sidewalk line can be added with council members deciding the amount to put into it.

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Council member Craig Dean gives 1st reading of ordinance

2017-06-06 - City Hall, 116 Campbellsville Street, Columbia, KY - Photo by Ed Waggener, .
Mayor Hardwick, City Council listens attentively as Councillor Craig Dean carried out his "City Attorney reading duties" in the absence of City Attorney Marshall Loy. Clockwise around the table, from left, Council Members Ron Rogers, Pam Hoots, and Mark Harris; City Clerk Rhonda Loy, Mayor Curtis Hardwick, (Dean), Linda Waggener, and Craig Lasley. Photo 5 Jun 2017.

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