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Sunday, June 11, 2017

Budget hearing and 2nd reading set for June 13 regular council meeting

Crossville city council meets for the regular June meeting on Tuesday June 13 and will hold a public hearing on the city's upcoming 2017-18 fiscal year budget as well as consider the second reading of the three required to approve it.

The meetings get underway with the audit committee meeting at 5:00 PM with the budget public hearing to follow at 5:30 PM and the regular meeting starting at 6 :00 PM.

Most of the council agenda is routine with even the budget and tax rate ordinance approvals in the consent agenda.  The third and final reading on the 2017-18 budget and tax rate is expected later in June with the new budget year starting July 1, 2016 

 Other consent agenda items include a budget amendment for Garrison Park renovations, changes to the tree removal ordinance and an amendment to the agreement between the city and Crossville Aero on the airport operation.  

The changes to the airport agreement increase the fuel flow fee from 5 cents a gallon to 10 cents per gallon and add the lease on the new hanger to the agreement. An additional 20 annual bid approvals for a year of purchases are also expected to be approved with the consent agenda.

Two bids that are not under the consent agenda is the proposed special city census. The low bidder has recently performed a census for the city of Farragut and is the low bidder with an estimate of just under $21,500. The only other bid received came in at $92,000. The city had budgeted $50,000. Catoosa Utility district is seek to purchase 204 water meters with funds left in their budget. The cost would be $29,360.

At the end of the agenda is an item on the development of the industrial site for which the city has received a state grant. In addition to approval of the grant contract, an agreement has been worked out between the city and the county for the joint funding of the matching funds that is on the agenda for approval. Cumberland County has already approved and County Mayor Ken Carey has signed the document.  

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