Prattville -The Prattville City budget for FY 2009/2010 of approximately $34.6 million passed the City Council on Tuesday night by a vote of 6-1, with Councilman Ray Boles the lone descending vote.
The budget includes an amendment proposed by Councilman Tom Miller and approved by the Council that transferred $25,000 from Oil and Gas Revenue to Sidewalk Repair.
The Council denied an earlier amendment proposed by Boles that would change the executive line item amount from $1,626,367.06 to $1,601,967.06. This would have represented a 2% increase over last year’s budget.
Boles had expressed his concerns about the City not having enough savings and questioned the executive branch in last week’s budget work session. Tonight after the meeting, he further explained why he did not vote to pass the new budget.
“I voted no because I don’t feel comfortable with the amount that we’re saving,” Boles said. “Everything else was great. We had a lot of discussions beforehand, but I didn’t ask anybody to vote for it or against it. I did make everyone really aware of what I was doing and why I was doing it.”
“At the end of the day that’s why there are seven of us… so hopefully, we can get it right.”
Mayor Jim Byard Jr. said he was pleased with the budget passage.
“I’m real proud that the budget passed,” said Byard. I think we’ve got a great, sound budget and I’m excited that we’re moving forward now past that issue.”
Article by Melissa Parker
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