Huntington Council Budget Hearing Dates Announed

by Tony E. Rutherford, News Editor

Huntington City Councilman Mark Bates has announced the schedule of budget meetings for City Council.

Revenue will be discussed March 1 at 9 a.m. Sessions will continue Thursday March 6 after the work session and Saturday March 8 at 9 a.m.

Bates announced that the meeting will  not be as “streamlined” as in 2013. Since the budget remains tight, he stressed that council members “need to know the unbudgeted needs of each department.”

After the first three meetings, council will take a break to allow possible adjustments and proposals by the administration. The hearings resume Thursday, March 20 after the work session  and Saturday, March 22 at 9 a.m.

The agenda for each session has been determined.

Saturday, March 1, 9 a.m.: Revenue, Insurance, Finance, IT, Human Resources, Municipal Court, City Clerk/Council, Legal, Mayor;

Thursday, March 6, 15 minutes after the work session: Purchasing, Police and Fire;

Saturday, March 8, 9 a.m., Public Works including Sanitation & Trash Fund

Thursday, March 20, 15 minutes after the work session, HMPB, Civic Arena, Coal Severance, Transfers and Contributions;

Saturday, March 22, 9 a.m. , Open if necessary.

A vote will be planned for Monday, March 24.

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