Council approves budget


The Middlesboro City Council met for a special-called meeting on Monday evening.

There were three items on the agenda:

* Consideration of an ordinance adopting the city of Middlesboro annual budget for fiscal year July 1, 2015, through June 30, 2016 – second reading;

* Approval of Municipal Road Aid Cooperative Program Agreement and Resolution for Fiscal Year 2015-2016;

* Approval of removing outstanding checks over one-year-old from bank statements for reconciliation.

The board almost unanimously approved the consideration. Councilman Gary Mills was the only one to object to the consideration of an ordinance adopting the city of Middlesboro’s annual budget. Mills explained he did not see anything wrong with the budget, he just wanted a way to make sure the budget that is based on previous budgets is working.

“I don’t see anything wrong with the budget except it’s being based pretty much on the budget before, the budget before and the budget before,” said Mills. “I’m going to vote no not because I think it is a bad budget but I’d like to see audits from previous budgets so I have something to gauge it from, that’s all.”

The board unanimously voted to approve the Municipal Road Aid Cooperative Program Agreement and Resolution for Fiscal Year 2015-2016. Mayor Bill Kelley discussed getting the councilmen a map of Middlesboro to help show which roads could be worked on through the agreement.

The board also approved the motion for removing outstanding checks over one year old from the bank statements in order to reconcile monthly reports. According to Middlesboro city clerk Sandra Wilson, some of the checks are several years old and she has been accounting for them every month.

In total, there are approximately $2,000 worth of outstanding checks.

Reach Reina P. Cunningham at 606-302-9091.

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