Maysville budget gets 1st approval

Mary Ann Kearns - [email protected]

Maysville City Commission held the first reading of its 2018-2019 budget Thursday.

Estimated revenue for the year is $12.2 million in the general fund, along with $9.5 million carried over in the general fund and $4.5 million in the utility fund, generated by almost $1 million in property tax, along with $8,5 million in license and permits.

Budgeted appropriations include $3,1 million for general government, $2,5 million for police, $2,5 million for fire and $2.6 for public works. With a shortfall of about $1 projected, the contingency fund is expected to total $8.6 million.

Commissioners agreed this has been one of the toughest budget to develop yet as they looked at various ways to cut costs, finally agreeing to reexamine the budget and make amendments as the year develops.

The second reading of the budget is scheduled for a special meeting on June 26 at noon.

Also Thursday, commissioners approved the second reading of a ordinance approving the rezoning of 42.5 acres on Kentucky 9 AA Highway, west of Industrial Park IV from A1 agricultural to B2 highway business.

The Joint Planning Commission recommended the request from Steve Thomas be denied, citing the importance of preserving agricultural land, even within the city.

The first reading of the ordinance was approved by a split vote with Commissioners Victor McKay and Jerry Schumacher voting against and Commissioners Judy Pfeffer and Kelly Ashley voting in favor. Mayor David Cartmell cast the deciding vote in favor of the rezoning.

Commissioners were also split on whether or not to cut pay for utility commissioners from$3,600 annually to $1,800 for the same period, with McKay and Pfeffer voting in favor and Ashley and Schumacher voting against the issue with Cartmell voting in favor of the cut.

In other business, commissioners:

— Agreed to pay a $5,000 donation approved int he 2017 fiscal year to Wald Park. Commissioners said earlier they wanted to wait until the park was substantially done before committing the funds.

— Approved department reports from engineering and utilities, treasurer, codes enforcement, Main Street, police, fire, Public Works and city clerk.

— Approved the appointment of Travis Scaggs to the Arts Commission.

— Approved appointment of Juan Davis as a probationary police officer.

— Agreed to a resolution adopting state drug and alcohol policy.

— Approved an agreement with BTADD for Enhanced 911 system administration and data maintenance.

— Approved a trust participation agreement with KLC Insurance Service for General Insurance Trust.

— Approved a resolution for monthly sewer line project payment.

— Approved a resolution accepting the annual fuel bid of Valor oil for the approaching fiscal year..

— Approved a resolution in reference to an LEPP grant.

— Authorized a memorandum of agreement for EMS training with MCTC.

— Authorized change orders on the waste water treatment plant project.

— Authorized the release of the Hospice of Hope, Inc. Mortgage.

— Held the first reading of an ordinance closing a section of Mulberry Alley from January Street to Fourth Street.

Mary Ann Kearns

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