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City Council Splits Vote on Approving 2011 Budgets

December 17th, 2010 by

Among the items on the City Council meeting agenda Thursday night were resolutions to approve the city’s operating and sales tax budgets for 2011. 

When it came time for the operating budget’s approval, Carolyn Brown made a motion to postpone the vote until January to allow input from Mayor-elect Allen Maxwell on the decision. The motion to postpone the budget vote failed with a 4-4 tie, allowing the vote to approve the budget to proceed.

The operating budget for 2011 then passed with a 5-3 margin. Alderman Tim Chase (one of the three “no” votes)  stated, “I vote ‘no’ solely for the reason that I feel we should wait til January to pass it.  The budget’s fine. I just would like for the incoming mayor to have some input on it.”

When the budget for the sales and use tax came around,  Brown again made a motion to postpone the vote til January and it also failed with a 4-4 tie.

City attorney Bill Daniels reminded the council they can make an adjustment to the budget at anytime in the upcoming year, not just in December, as is the usual practice.

This budget also passed with a 5-3 margin.

4 Responses to “City Council Splits Vote on Approving 2011 Budgets”

  1. D. George says:

    Vice Mayor Chase and his lovely bookends, Brown and Hartness, need to be replaced. Hope the voters of Monticello come into the 21st century when the next election for these folks come up and remove them.

  2. doc says:

    Mr. Chase needs to work with the mayor that is in office now, not the incoming mayor. I agree with D. George vote them out. They do everything they can to hold up progress unless it for their own agendas.

    Has any council member asked your opion on ANYTHING in the last few years?

  3. a_new_day says:

    Why would anyone exclud a mayor elect from decisions as important as the budget planning in which he/she is to operate the city on? This is unheard of. If anything goes wrong in the future becuase of the budget, all fingers will point directly at the mayor which was excluded.

  4. Vote them out says:

    @D.George- I agree. They all have had there time of wasting taxpayers money. It’s time for new city counsel members.

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