The council had a first reading of the ordinance at their monthly meeting last Tuesday evening. Cadiz City Attorney Allen Wilson and Cadiz City Clerk Lisa Rogers said the ordinance is based on similar ordinances in Trigg County and Dawson Springs.
During the public comments section of the meeting, Grow Trigg President Ken Culwell said both the city and county ordinances failed to distribute tax revenues that are earmarked fairly for law enforcement.
The council will have a second reading of the ordinance at their next meeting, held at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, June 1.
The council also had a first reading of the city’s FY 2010-2011 budget, a budget that calls for expenditures and revenues of almost $3.3 million. It includes a little over $2 million for the city’s general fund, including $971,000 for general government, $579,000 for the Cadiz Police Department, $40,000 for the Cadiz Fire Department and $445,000 for the Cadiz Road Department. Additionally, $1.2 million has been allocated to the Water Fund.
Cadiz Mayor Lyn Bailey said he will give his budget address to the council at the June meeting.
The council also heard a first reading of an amended version of the FY 2009-2010 budget. An additional $769,000 worth of expenditures was added to the $3.6 million dollar 2009/2010 budget, bringing the total to well over $4.3 million. Rogers said that there were grants that were added as revenue.
In other business, Grow Trigg Members Linda Humbert and Kathy Tessier, who echoed comments they made the day before at the Trigg County Fiscal Court meeting, talked about their plan to turn the old Trigg County Senior Citizens Center into an economic development business incubator.
Humbert said they would plan for the building to be the location of several businesses that would economically benefit Cadiz and Trigg County. She added that $3 million in federal grant money would be required for the venture.
Also several magistrates showed an interest in the project, the fiscal court voted the day before the ask Chris Sutton at the Pennyrile Area Development District to review the project before it is submitted for possible funding.
The application for the $3 million grant, $2 million of which would be used to purchase the building and $1 million of which would be used for recurring expenses like utilities, is due by Sept. 30 and the county could learn by October if the project is funded, said Humbert.