(Posted Dec. 7, 2017)
By Sandi Latimer, Staff Writer
In a 4-3 vote, West Jefferson council approved the village’s 2018 budget, which calls for $11.489 million in expenditures, the largest outlay being $3.173 million from the general fund.
Mike Conway, Doug Eakins, Steve Johnston and Jim King voted in favor of the proposed budget. Lorie Cafagno, Randy Otis and Jen Warner voted “no.” Cafagno questioned the planned purchase of a computer program that sets up a database of police activity.
“This is not my money; it is not your money,” she said. “It’s the taxpayers’ money.”
“I agree,” Warner added.
Otis did not explain his negative vote on the budget, nor the one he cast against an amendment regarding income tax allocation.
On Nov. 20, council adopted an ordinance to allocate income tax receipts on a 75-5-20 percent basis to the general fund, street maintenance fund, and capital improvements fund, respectively. However, on Dec. 4, council repealed that ordinance and adopted one that allocates 85 percent to the general fund, 5 percent to street maintenance, and 10 percent to capital improvements.
Otis, who voted in favor of the original ordinance, but voted against the amended one. His was the only negative vote.
In other business, council authorized two-year agreements with Delta Dental of Ohio and VSP Vision Care for dental and vision insurance coverage for village employees, but put aside until the Dec. 18 meeting a decision about life insurance coverage.
Council also approved a contract with Prime AE to conduct a water and sewer utilities rate study. The company’s bid of $10,000 was the lowest of three bids secured by Public Service Director John Mitchell.