Budget discussion continues in Clearwater

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By Michelle Leidy-Franklin, TSnews

CLEARWATER – A continuing discussion on the city budget was held in Clearwater on Tuesday, June 28.
The council discussed budget line items for the special highway fund, public works, administration, special parks, the water fund and sewer operations. Courtney Zollinger, the city administrator, went through the source of funds for each item and increases needed to maintain the city’s needs.
Council members also discussed the mill levy options for the next couple of years. With a reduction in tax income from the reduction offered to secure Plain’s Cotton, council members decided the city would be best served by exceeding the revenue neutral rate and keeping the mill levy rate steady.
The council will take action on the mill levy rate at the city council meeting on July 12 and a hearing will be set for meeting on Aug. 23.
In other business:
• Zollinger reported two vacancies on the planning commission board are creating problems in getting a quorum to vote on the comprehensive city plan. The vote has been delayed a month.
• The Clearwater Police Department reported steady arrest numbers.
• The police department received eight applications for the open full-time officer position. Two made it to the next level of review and background checks are being conducted.
• The public works department repaired roads in the 200 block of Ross Avenue, the 500 block of East Hellar Avenue, the 800 block of East Elaine, the 200 block of North 1st Street and the 100 block of North Grant Avenue. Trees were trimmed in the north half of town.
•The Senior Center reported the largest group for Lunch Bunch to date.
• The Senior Center had 27 families receive commodities and was expecting five more the following week.