By Tia Lynn Ivey, Managing Editor
The Madison City Council approved a budget amendment at the July 13 meeting for an additional $905,807 increase, bringing the city’s budget to a total of $6,361,975 for the 2015 fiscal year. Councilman Joe DiLetto was the only council member to vote against the amendment. “They worked hard on it and I was generally pleased with the effort that was there for that, but I think there is a little more we can do,” said DiLetto. “Generally, there are a few things that I feel like we could attack a little more aggressively and maybe get a better result. We are looking into ways that will cut spending and add income without adding taxes to the people.”
According to Karen Stapp, chief financial officer for the city, the budget amendment was the result of two grants totaling $412,000, which will go towards the airport expansion and striping projects and still cost the city money to complete. “Those are the main expenses that upped the budget. Even though that is revenue coming in to fund those projects, there are still costs associated that will fall on the city, as well as some other miscellaneous costs that led to the budget amendment,” said Stapp.
The council also approved contracts with PDQ Services, a debt collection agency, and for tourism grants for the Morgan County African-American Museum, the Madison-Morgan Cultural Center for Morgan County Historical Society, and a contract for the economic development of the Madison-Morgan Chamber of Commerce. The council also appointed Kathi Russell and Cindy England to the new Convention and Visitors Bureau board. The council reappointed Judge Charles Merritt as the municipal court judge.