The City Council approved the 2010 budget for Jamestown Monday including a nearly 9-mill increase in the levy to cover rising costs in employee benefits as well as the price tag for snow and flood.
With the knockout blow the weather dished out plus the economy’s effect on other costs City Administrator Jeff Fuchs said he anticipates ending 2010 with a deficit of $220,000 in the general fund.
In what could only be called a paradox, the City Council’s Public Works Committee Thursday dealt with flood-related issues along with complaints that the river is too low.
To deal with the aftereffects of spring flooding on city infrastructure, the committee decided to hold a special meeting next week to discuss using a half of the 1 percent sales tax for repairs. Councilman Pat Nygaard said he wanted ample time for discussion.
The City Council’s Finance and Legal Committee voted 4-1 Tuesday to approve the Jamestown/ Stutsman Development Corp.’s revised 2010 budget.
The budget, which in last month’s Finance and Legal Committee meeting was cut by $15,000, was tabled for further study at the August City Council meeting.
After voting down a motion Monday to approve the Jamestown/Stutsman Development Corp.’s 2010 budget as originally requested, the City Council voted 4-1 to table the item for more study.
Councilwoman Kelani Parisien removed the item from the consent agenda saying approval of a reduced JSDC budget was premature. The council had voted 3-2 to cut the budgeted amount from $302,000 to $280,000 in its Finance and Legal Committee meeting two weeks ago. Parisien, who had voted with Mayor Clarice Liechty and Councilman Pat Nygaard to reduce the budget increase by 7 percent at that meeting, said she wanted to table the item to work with the JSDC on the budget. It’s possible, she said, that portions could be cut without hurting marketing and recruiting plans.
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