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City budget passes on first reading

Kenny Howell

Managing Editor

The City Commissioners passed the yearly budget with no discussion Monday. 

“That was the budget, right,” joked Jim Bradshaw.

“That was the budget,” Mayor Ed Hagerty responded. 

The commissioners had gone through a few work sessions before the finished budget came to the floor. 

The budget set the sewer rates for residential inside Mt. Juliet at $13.13 for the first 2,000  gallons and $6.53 for all usage in excess of 2,000 gallons. Commercial rates were $18.81 and $9.10. 

The property tax rate  or fire service tax, was set at $0.20 per $100 of assessed value.

The commissioners also passed an ordinance to amend the city code concerning budget amendments. The move was to hopefully lessen the amount of budget amendments on the agenda each meeting night. 

“This is the definition of irony,” said Commissioner Ray Justice of the agenda which was loaded with budget amendments ending with the ordinance. 

Hagerty agreed that there had been too many budget amendments at the meetings. He said at his church, they made a rule that there could be no budget amendments. He said there was resistance, but it worked out in the long run. 

“We survived,” said Hagerty. “Life moved on.”

The ordinance passed unanimously. 

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