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City passes budget on first reading
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After a recommendation by Smithville Mayor Taft Hendrixson to table the proposed $8 million city budget so that it might be studied further, the city council voted to pass the spending plan on first reading Monday night.The mayor voiced concerns that the budget, which includes funds for a new ladder truck, may draw more than is prudent from the city’s reserve funds.“If we spend everything in this budget, not including buying the fire truck,” the mayor told the aldermen, “we’ve got $319,000 more to come out of our reserves. The other alternative is to raise taxes, and I don’t think anyone wants to do that. I certainly don’t.“Normally we don’t spend everything in the budget, but it’s in there, and we might.”

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