Buffalo Council Passes Budget Ordinance

Buffalo City Council
Buffalo City Council

Buffalo's City Council passed on a 3-2 vote the second reading of this year's appropriations bill, or budget for Fiscal Year 2014-15, but not without some discussion and two votes against accepting the budget.

There were some changes o the budget from the first read to the second, and Mayor Randy Dyess explained them to those attending the meeting.

There were some last-minute requests for funding that were added to the budget from the recycling center for $10,000; the Kaycee/Buffalo/Johnson County Economic Development Joint Powers Board for $25,000 for maintenance of the former Clear Creek School Building; and the St Francis Animal Shelter for $8,000 for their spay and neuter program.

Councilman Dave Long said he was opposed to adding the last-minute requests to the budget, and Councilman Russ Humphrey said he was opposed to the KBJ Economic Development JPB requesting money from the city and he explained why.

Dave Simonsen, with the Joint Powers Board, addressed the council, explaining why they were requesting funding.

The council voted on Ordinance No. 1371, with Mayor Randy Dyess and Councilmen Stan Lakin and Bill Hawley voting for the appropriations bill, and Long and Humphrey voting against.

It will need to be passed again on third and final reading at their next council meeting June 17th.

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