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Wilmer OKs budget at special meeting

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Ellis County Press
WILMER - The Wilmer City Council will meet again this Thursday at 7:30 p.m. at the community center.

The council officially approved its budget Wednesday night, Sept. 27 for the fiscal year 2000-01 during a special called meeting at the community center.

Budget proposed was $1,664,105.

Expenditures proposed were $1,790,787.06.

During the last regular session Sept. 21 at the community center, the council unanimously approved the same current ad valorem tax rate of .66/100.

'I don't want it to go up,' said Ann Hester, a citizen and a former Wilmer mayor.

'The tax rate is not going up or down,' Mayor Eugene Lowe said.

But at that meeting, the passage of the budget had been denied on a vote of 3-2.

At the time, Mayor Pro-Tem Don Hudson felt printing of the budget needed to be 'reworded' regarding city mechanic, code enforcer and police department.

Hudson had said he wanted to see the budget in its corrected form.

Council members Billy Wickliffe and Tiny Lange said they felt the budget could've been adopted Sept. 21 with any amendments to be done later.

Wickliffe had made the motion to approve and Lange seconded.

However, the remaining council members - Hudson, Jesse Petton and Virginia Arroyo - voted down the budget on its initial reading.

Hudson then made a motion for the special called session Sept. 27.

All council members voted in favor of the new meeting for the exception of Lange.

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