City council holds first reading of budget

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SALYERSVILLE – In a brief meeting on Monday night the Salyersville City Council held their first reading of the upcoming fiscal year’s budget. 

In the meeting held on June 5, when asked about the current budget, Salyersville Mayor James “Pete” Shepherd said that they are currently running $25,000 over budget, explaining that they had $38,000 in unexpected expenditures and are waiting on $35,000 in employee taxes to be collected. With the 2017-2018 fiscal year’s proposed budget, Shepherd explained he has budgeted to have $100,000 less in the budget (compared to the previous year). 

To date, he reiterated that everything is paid up to June 1. 

In a roll-call vote, city councilmen Paul Burchell, Tex Holbrook, Jeff Bailey and Mike Connelley voted in favor of the first reading of the budget. They will be able to make changes in the budget before holding the second reading, which must be passed before July 1, the beginning of the fiscal year. 

Councilmen Tom Frazier and Tommy Bailey were not in attendance for Monday’s meeting due to health-related reasons.

A draft of the budget is available for the public’s review at Salyersville City Hall.