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Council overturns mayor’s veto

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SHERRY LONG
The Ellis County Press

WILMER - In a 4-1 vote council members overrode a veto by Wilmer Mayor Linda Root to finally pass the city's $1.9 million budget for the fiscal year of 2003-04.

Root vetoed the budget on Oct. 23, after she said it was unbalanced.

She said she reviewed it with the city attorney and auditor.

The state requires a budget must be balanced before it can be approved.

'I am still waiting for page three of nine,' City Councilwoman Marlena Hagen said.

'It's not balanced to me, because I am missing a page.'

Wilmer City Administrator Thom Lauer said the mayor was underestimating the money generated by the police department, sales tax revenue, property tax revenue and fees from new home and building permit constructions.

Root said the city has not ever generated more than $1.5 million revenue in a year.

The property tax rate for the city remained the same as last year, 66 cents per $100 value.

A home worth $50,000 would pay an estimated $330 annually.

City officials said residents' tax statements were mailed out the day after the budget was approved.

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