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Adamsville passes budget

The Adamsville City Commission approved the 2011-2012 City Budget and will raise water rates in Adamsville to a proposed rate of $13.13, up from the previous rate of $10.10 monthly; effective July 1, 2011. Rates for outside of the city were also raised from $13.72 to a proposed rate of $20.58.

Other rate increases include the sewer rate proposed to jump from 85% to 100% for water usage, and the garbage rate that is proposed to be $14.00, up from the previous rate of $12.50.

After the meeting Mayor David Leckner said that the increase in water rates is necessary due to a “mismanaged” water budget from previous years and that the issue is being investigated as the commissioners continue to work out the kinks with the water budget.

Leckner also said that these increases are a much better alternative to the state-mandated increases Bethel Springs and Ramer are facing that is almost $10 more than their previous rates.

At the beginning of the meeting the financial report for the month of May versus the month of April showed an $7,000 rise in revenues, along with a $2,000 rise when comparing May of 2011 to May of 2010.

Commissioner Steve Simon proposed the commission “test the waters” of writing off bad debts by turning individuals who have been given ample notification over collection agencies.

Commissioner Frank Lacey explained some complications that could manifest with writing off the city’s debt. Commissioner Dwana Pusser-Garrison motioned to pass the plan that is proposed to return 50 percent of collected debt to the city and was seconded by Commissioner Matt Wood before the motion passed unanimously.

A motion passed that left Commissioner Simon and Mayor Leckner with the duty of finding an independent city planner due to the fact that area communities will no longer have these services run by the state.

Commissioner Garrison thanked all responsible for assisting and facilitating the 2011 Buford Pusser Festival, and also credited this year’s Miss Walking Tall, Sarah Stonier’s, performance in the 2011 Miss Tennessee pageant where she placed in the top 10 finalists, and walked away with over $5,000 in scholarships.

Pusser-Garrison also praised Adamsville’s Ashley Durham who finished as First Runner-up in the 2011 Miss U.S.A. Pageant, and suggested that some sort of reception be held to congratulate Durham.

Commissioner Lacey then motioned to “Welcome our champion home” by planning a day to honor Durham’s accomplishments.

It was decided that Commissioners Lacey and Pusser-Garrison will work together to plan the event, and Commissioner Simon will budget the celebration before Leckner seconded Lacey’s motion, which was approved unanimously.

To end the meeting Commissioner Mark Massey commended Debbie Moffett and Glenda Anderson for recovering $22K in delinquent property taxes from Adamsville citizens.

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