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City budget passes on second reading
Cecil Burger-opt 0 15-27-44
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The Smithville Aldermen adopted the city budget for the 2012-13 fiscal year on second and final reading Monday night.The $8.2 million spending plan includes funding for a new fire truck, a three percent cost of living increase for city employees, raises for some city officials and a new full-time fire department position.The budget, which passed 4-1 at Monday night’s meeting, calls for the city property tax rate to remain unchanged at .6490 cents per $100 of assessed value, and no change in water or sewer rates.The floor was opened to public discussion before votes were cast, but no member of the public offered any opinion for or against the measure.Mayor Taft Hendrixson again made it known that he believed the plan put the city too far into the red for his taste, and warned that taking $975,233 from surplus to support the general fund and make the budget work without a tax increase was not good business. “If we spend it all we're going to be taking $312,000 out of our savings account, not counting the fire truck and not counting the $150,000 going into the airport,” the mayor said. “Those two are $656,000 coming out of reserve.

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