The question of whether or not the Town of Jonesboro actually had an operating general budget in place was finally put to rest this past Tuesday, September 21st, when Ordinance 2021-007 was adopted. Also approved were Ordinances 2021-008 and 2021-009, which ratified the Water and Sewer Budgets for 2021-22.
The move was taken during the Special Called meeting of the Town of Jonesboro Board of Aldermen when Town Council members Devin Flowers, Pete Stringer, Robbie Siadek, James Ginn and Nia Evans-Johnson approved the motions made by Johnson and seconded by Flowers. For the record, the amended General Budget was voted on by roll call vote where Flowers, Stringer, Siadek and Evan-Johnson voted Yea and Ginn voted Nay.
Much discussion was had prior to the vote on the General Budget that centered on the question of whether or not the town was operating on a 50% rule of operations funding which Jonesboro Mayor Leslie Thompson claimed or if the Council had legally adopted a budget in July. After town attorney Doug Stokes provided his response to the request to provide clarification it was agreed by everyone that the town did indeed pass the budget and the amendments the Mayor proposed were able to be voted on.
In other action Town of Jonesboro Engineer presented several proposals regarding water and sewer projects and explained that the town would be responsible for at least a 25% match of funds if grants to be applied for were approved.
The meeting opened with two concerned citizens speaking about animal control problems and wanting to see the town grow during public comments. Renee Stringer then asked the Council to be mindful of all the issues the town has when voting on the Budget amendments.
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