Cadiz City Council passes fiscal budget
by Franklin Clark -- fclark@cadizrecord.com
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The Cadiz City Council unanimously approved, with little to no debate, both an amended budget for the 2008/2009 fiscal year and the budget for the 2009/2010 fiscal year at its Tuesday, June 2, meeting. Then Council Member Susan Bryant turned the council’s attention to the vendor lists, which all but Bryant later voted to keep, although it will be discussed in future council sessions.

The budget for the next fiscal year, which begins on Wednesday, July 1, has about $3.61 million in revenue and appropriations, including a 3.5 percent across-the-board pay raise for all city employees. A letter by Cadiz Mayor Lyn Bailey thanks “all city employees of their effort in helping reduce spending to make this possible.”

About $1.85 million of the budget is going to the city’s general fund, $1.7 million is going to the water fund and $50,000 is going to the municipal road aid fund.

Of the $3.61 million in revenue, $1.3 million would be coming from charges for services, $820,000 would come from licenses and permits, almost $680,000 would be coming from intergovernmental revenue and more than $685,000 would be coming from taxes. “Other revenue” is listed as contributing $61,000.

The budget is repetitious of last year’s said Bailey, who added that although the country is still in a severe recession, the city was able to fund a pay increase as well as all of the city’s projects.

Modifications to the current fiscal year’s budget increase it from $3.45 million to $3.92 million, which includes increases in general government as well as the budgets for the fire department, the road department, the water department and the sewer department, as well as a roughly $10,000 decrease in the police department budget.

After unanimously approving both a zoning recommendation for property on the site of the new Trigg County Senior Citizens Center and an increase in the planning and zoning subdivision fees, the council looked once again to vendor lists. The lists are part of the city’s business license ordinance that was approved earlier this year.

At the time the ordinance was passed, council members, Cadiz City Attorney Allen Wilson and other city officials at the meeting thought the state required them to make business provide a list of their vendors, but not long before another council meeting this was found not to be the case.

Cadiz City Clerk Lisa Rogers said that roughly 70 percent of all businesses in Cadiz have already turned in vendor lists.

Bryant said she has received several calls about the vendor lists and that she wants it taken out as an ordinance. One of the reasons she cited was that the council passed it because they thought they were legally required to.

City Council Member Manual Brown said the city’s Finance Committee feels it is already a law and wanted to know what businesses are trying to hide. He added that businesses “are going to have to pay one way or another.”

Bryant said there isn’t a cover up, since businesses aren’t getting anything from vendors, and also said that some businesses have said the vendor list could be costly to the community. She added that the list could result in a burden on local business owners, a burden she thought would be passed onto consumers.

“It could even come down to the cost … of a job,” said Bryant.

After debate and discussion, City Council Member Todd King made a motion to leave the ordinance the way it is at the time and review it in the next couple of meetings. The motion passed 5–1, with Bryant providing the sole “no” vote.
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