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October 24, 2013

City council approves budget

ANDERSON — The Anderson City Council and City Administration "agreed to disagree" on budget issues this year, according to Pete Heuer, director of the board of public works.

Disagreement and a pressing deadline to finalize a budget for the 2014 fiscal year led the council to pass a watered-down budget at a special meeting Thursday night.

The budget passed unanimously.

Council vice president Donna Davis introduced an amendment to the budget that had passed first reading at the previous meeting. The amendment removed all funding for a new CATS terminal, two new parks department jobs and possible funds for a new fire department.

The amendment passed 8-1 with councilman Russ Willis voting no.

"This amended budget reflects many hours of deliberation between the council president and the city administration," Heuer said. "We have agreed to disagree on a few areas of funding, but this is a budget that can be passed tonight."

The council and city had been at odds over where a new CATS terminal would be built, and many people turned out to speak about the possible locations.

"I know a lot of you are here to talk about the terminal location," Council President David Eicks said. "But at this time in the budget there is no funding for it."

He said that and a possible location for a new fire station could be discussed in next year's budget.

The new budget instead approved money for new buses instead of a terminal.

Councilman Joe Newman suggested that, when the topic of relocation comes up again, a committee be formed among various groups for discussion.

That was a suggestion Bekah Snyder-Logan was excited about. She had come to the meeting to protest one of the terminal locations that could have been built right outside the Anderson Young Ballet Theater, whose board Snyder-Logan serves on.

"We would absolutely like to participate in a committee," she said.

The budget was passed quickly and is expected to be signed by the mayor.

Follow Zach Osowski on Twitter @Osowski_THB or call 640-4847.

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