Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Cookeville Council To Consider Budget

The Cookeville city council Thursday night will consider first reading of an ordinance providing a tax levy for the 2010-2011 fiscal year. Under the proposal being considered, no increase in property taxes is anticipated. But officials are still debating just where they might be able to make some cuts in the budget. Following their adoption of a tax levy, the council will hold a public hearing and consider on first reading an ordinance authorizing appropriations to local non-profit and charitable organizations. Cookeville public television station is among those on that list, as are Pacesetters, the Upper Cumberland Drug Court and the Plateau Mental Health Center. Some council members have suggested that non-profit funding be reduced this year, so that the city can put more money into its fund balance. Also tonight, the council will consider authorizing City Manager Jim Shipley to acquire property needed for a proposed street improvement at the intersection of Jackson Street and Walnut Avenue. The action authorizes either negotation or condemnation of the property.