The Budgetary Hearing of the Carthage City Council was held in City Hall located at 308 Walnut Street, April 17th, 2007. Mayor Nightingale’s called the meeting to order at 7:00PM. Attending were Aldermen Campbell, Smith, Fleming, Bentzinger, Neally, and Walker. Treasurer Lunt and Attorney Glidden were absent. 


The General Fund preliminarily shows less than $20,000 for estimated cash on hand on April 30, 2008. Discussion ensued on each department under the General Fund.


Salaries followed the Finance Committee recommendations: An $800.00 increase for Alice Dean, Kathy Graham, Dusty Grotts and Kenny Huling. Police Chief Waddell will be $500.00, and Mike Kost will increase $1000.00. The Part-time Street department will increase to $10.00 per hour, and the Part-time police will be $9.00/hr for non-certified, and $10.00/hr for certified.


There were no changes to the proposed budget for the Administration Department. A new copier is budgeted but will be purchased only if the older, existing one requires replacement.


The Police Department will add $20 per month for cell phone support for the animal control officer and third patrolman. The Fire Department eliminated $4000 for a truck chassis for truck #13. The front doors will be replaced on the Fire Station and the loan will be paid off for the remaining $7000 on truck #19.


The Civil Defense department eliminated the $500 of equipment purchase.


The Kibbe Museum was cut $4500 on building maintenance. A desired roof and steel exterior is believed to be able to wait until City Hall moves and possible museum additions are completed.


The Street Department needs a new truck. Money is budgeted, but a lease/purchase option needs to be investigated. The building and ground maintenance were cut back $4500.


Motion was made by Alderman Walker, seconded by Smith to continue a contract with Carroll Buckert to maintain the City Pasture area. Alderman Campbell, Smith, Bentzinger and Walker voted “yes”. Alderman Fleming and Neally voted “no”.


For several years the State Sales Tax receipts were split 2/3 to 1/3 for the General Fund vs. the Capital Improvement Fund.


Motion was made by Alderman Walker, seconded by Bentzinger to change that ratio to 4/5 to 1/5, in order to build up the General Fund’s available dollars. All six Aldermen voted “yes”. This should provide an estimated additional $38,000 for the General Fund.


Currently $150,000 is budgeted toward a water or sewer project this summer from the Capital Improvement Fund.


The Water Operation and Maintenance Fund has $110,000 budgeted for a water line replacement on Second Street from Buchanan Street north 580 feet and on Marion St. from Locust St. to Quincy Road. 


Discussion will continue on these projects before the budget is finalized.


The Sewer fund added a $7,500 expense for a State sewer plant-operating fee. The cost of a portable sewer jetter, $9000.00, was cut until possibly next year’s budget. 


With these changes, the General Fund will finish the fiscal year 2007-08 on April 30, 2008, with an estimated $70,000 cash on hand.


Motion was made at 8:50 to adjourn.




Katherine Graham

City Clerk