At the City Commission budget workshop held Tuesday, Aug. 26, at 6:15 p.m., City Manager Tim Bennett presented the proposed budget to the commissioners again. The meeting was tabled and will be continued Tuesday, Sept. 2, at 5:30 p.m. The public is welcome to attend this meeting.
The meeting came to a stand still when the commissioners were unable to decide what amounts should be contributed to the Senior Citizens Center, Chamber of Commerce, Economic Development Council and the Madison In-Town Shuttle. The Senior Citizens Center is set to receive $10,000 while the Chamber of Commerce, Economic Development Council and the Madison In-Town Shuttle will receive $2,500 each. The Senior Citizens Center was the only one that was not cut.
It was also included in the budget that all events pay 100 percent of the overtime of police officers and public works. The Chamber of Commerce, which host Down Home Days, is currently the only event that pays 50 percent of the overtime of the police officers but not the public works. The commissioners consensus was that 100 percent was too much but to continue with the arrangement of 50 percent of the police officers overtime for all events, not just Down Home Days.
The property taxes are set for seven mils. The water rates are set to increase 10 percent. The wastewater rates are set to increase 12.5 percent and the sanitation is set to increase five percent.