I just got home a little bit ago from the Selma Town Council meeting. The meeting was primarily for a required public hearing on the proposed budget. Only four or so people stood up and spoke, including myself.
Councilman Gary Jackson announed that he has changed his position regarding changing over to the county 911 system for police dispatching. All people who got up and spoke were in favor of going with the 911 system. The council took a motion and a vote to go with the county system instead of maintaining our own police dispatch. Debbie Johnson and Jackie Lacy both voted against going with the county 911 system.
Other than that, the council, pursuant to a motion by Debbie Johnson, decided to hold the budget adoption until the END of July, not July 1st, as is required. They want to go through each line item and see if they can cut. This is what they SHOULD have been doing ALREADY, not after the budget is supposed to be in effect. That bothers me in that now is NOT the time to do it. Why did she/they not decide to do this already? Is that not what they were elected to do? Sorry, but it just seems that cuts should have been accomplished prior to having the public hearing, announcing a tax hike, and the new fiscal year is starts this weekend.
Don't get me wrong. I am GLAD that the budget will get cut more. That is a good thing. BUT, there was a time and a place for this to have already happened. As long as we can still operate as a town for the month we are without a budget, OK, fine. Just do what needs to be done.