|FISCAL YEAR BUDGET MADE OFFICIAL|
COUNCIL ADOPTS BUDGET ORDINANCES 8-5-15 LMS
The August 5 meeting of the Salmon City Council began with a motion by Councilman Ken Hill to approve the second and third reading of Ordinance 15-801. The ordinance deals with the portion of the budget that sets fees for such things as city facility use, water and sewer fees and council salaries. It was unanimously approved.
The council then approved waiving the third reading of Ordinance 15-802. It was read by title only and unanimously approved. That ordinance deals with the previously approved $3,661,693 appropriation for fiscal year 2015-2016 which begins October 1, 2015.
During the first public comment opportunity of the evening Dave Gusky wondered if it was legal to waive the readings since that was not listed on the agenda. Because comment periods are exactly that, a chance to make comments and are not framed in a question and answer format, he was referred to City Clerk Mary Benton. A little later City Attorney Fred Snook said that the previous public hearing on the budget had provided the public with a forum for asking questions and he stated that once a public hearing has been held and comments received, the council has the authority to pass an ordinance on its first, second or third reading.
Councilman Fred Waidely added that according to Robert’s Rules of Order the proper way to waive the reading would be to first announce a suspension of the rules and then proceed with the waiver.
A facility fee waiver request followed adoption of the ordinances. The request came from the office of Idaho Senator Mike Crapo and asked that Sacajawea Center fees be waived for the senator’s Town Hall meeting scheduled to take place at the center on September 3. Councilman Jim Bockelman made the motion to approve the request which opened the topic to discussion. Councilman Jim Baker expressed resistance to the idea due to its being a political gathering. Waidely disagreed saying it is more of a ‘report to stockholders’ than it is political and called it a beneficial opportunity for local residents. He also noted that the senator is not running for election this year.
The final vote on the fee waiver request was five to one with Baker voting against it. Those in favor of waiving the fee were Bockelman, Waidely, Hill, Rob Jackson and Russ Chinske.
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