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Budget Amendments pass quietly

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DIANA BUCKLEY
Ellis County Press
FERRIS -- There was only one citizen question during a public hearing about amendments to the 1999-2000 budget at the August 7 City Council meeting. Citizen Bill Malloy said, 'Are any copies of that (proposed budget amendment) available to the public?'

'Yes,' said Mayor Jimmie Birdwell. 'I'll give you a copy.'

After a brief but awkward pause during which Malloy seemed to expect the copy to be forthcoming but Birdwell made no move to provide it, the public hearing was closed. Immediately, Alderman Scott Born moved that the Council approve three ordinances amending the General Fund Budget, the Enterprise Fund Budget, and the Debt Service Fund Budget as proposed.

The General Fund Budget's revenue projection was increased by $229,044.00, from $5,219,329.00 to $5,448,373.00. General Fund expenditures were increased by $199,971.00, from $5,219,329.00 to $5,419,300.00.

The Enterprise Fund revenues were increased by $1,600.00; expenditures were increased by the same amount.

The Revenue Bond Retirement Fund revenues were increased by $23,145.00, while expenditures were increased by $18,306.00.

After the meeting was adjourned, Birdwell gave his copy of the proposal to Malloy. But Malloy was definitely not satisfied. 'It looks more logical to have copies of the amendments available to the public (before) there's a public hearing,' he said.

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