City Council approves budget
The Petersburg City Council adopted a budget for the city establishing appropriations for the fiscal year Monday evening.
After four work sessions discussing the 2013 proposed budget there were still issues of concern that were brought out during the meeting.
“I didn't participate in the budget,” City Councilman Don Koenigs said, “But I think it should be noted that the City of Petersburg has been deficit in its budget spending.”
Koenigs says the current budget provides little constraint to limit the city's spending more than it is making. “This is a disturbing trend,” Koenigs said.
Koenigs suggested to reduce the budget of the Petersburg Economic Development Council. “This is not a self-sustaining enterprise.”
Koenigs made an amendment to the proposed budget to reduce the PEDC professional expenses from $30,000 to $5,000 and the general expense budget from $150,000 to $100,000.
Jody Tow, Petersburg Finance Director, pointed out the purposes for these line items in the budget and the amendment was voted down six to one.
After much discussion and the decision to look into ways to cut expenses from the budget in
the future, the budget was adopted with a