Smith has so far rejected that idea.
While the administration and City Council continue to debate those and other budget issues, it remains unclear whether the Department of Local Government Finance, a state agency that reviews and approves all municipal and county budgets in Indiana, will approve Anderson’s budget.
The city’s proposed budget was thrown into question last month, when the council delayed consideration of the budget ordinance, and didn’t set a new public hearing date during the meeting.
That action, DLGF officials have indicated, may have violated public notice laws.
Fenwick said DLGF officials have advised the city to continue its deliberations and go through the normal review process.
In the worst-case scenario, Anderson’s budget in fiscal 2014 would be the same as this year, but the state likely won’t issue a final ruling until after Nov. 1, the deadline for submitting budgets to the state.
“I’ve had multiple conversations with them,” Fenwick said, referring to DLGF officials. “At this point we are not going to get a yes or no answer.”
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If you go What: Anderson City City Council Where: Anderson City Hall 120 E. Eighth St., Anderson Time: 7 p.m. When: Tonight The City Council is expected to resume deliberations on the proposed 2014 budget.