Monmouth council OKs $24.7 million budget

MONMOUTH -- City officials gave a green light on June 30 to a $24.71 million budget for 2006-07. The city council delayed adoption of the budget at its June 7 meeting because of concerns by some me



MONMOUTH -- City officials gave a green light on June 30 to a $24.71 million budget for 2006-07.

The city council delayed adoption of the budget at its June 7 meeting because of concerns by some members over a $16,000 increase over last year for the Monmouth Senior Center. That sum pays for a salary and benefits raise for that center's program director.

A proposed amendment by Councilor Marc Miller to eliminate the $16,000 failed. The council then voted 4-1 to adopt the budget, with Miller dissenting.

Councilor Steve Milligan recused himself from the decision process because he's applying for an interim city manager position.

There were minor changes to the budget:

* The city's gas revolving fund was increased by $7,000, because of rising fuel costs.

* Officials transferred $59,000 from the community development personnel expense account to professional services, to retain a temporary planning director who has been contracted.

* About $56,000 was added to the revenue and capital expenditures of the finance and management budget. The sum represents an unspent portion of $131,000 budgeted last year for a new accounting software.

The 2006-07 fiscal year began July 1.



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