Euharlee council tables 2018 budget proposal

The Euharlee City Council’s final regular meeting of 2017 looked eerily like the first meeting of 2014, when then newly-elected Mayor Dennis Thayer had his first run-in with long-time City Councilman Joe Turner.

This time it concerned the proposed 2018 city budget.

“We have two budgets presented tonight,” Thayer began, but was interrupted by Turner.

“It is my opinion, based on the fact that we have two newly-elected people coming in the first of the year,” Turner said, “I think it would be appropriate to give them a chance to be involved in what they will be overseeing next year. I would like to make a motion that we adopt a continuing resolution to the end of January so the two new people will have a chance to look at it and learn the system.”

“Did you do that for the people who came in last time?” Thayer asked.

“At that time period, our finances weren’t in the shape they are now,” Turner retorted.

Thayer called for a motion and a second, which he got, and the council voted 3-2 in favor of the motion.

“OK, motion carries,” he said. “But that’s not the way to handle it — the public hearings have already been scheduled — that’s like kicking it down the road. I think it’s crap.”

Turner said he thought it should be done every time there was a change in council members.

“Well, you didn’t do that before,” Thayer said. “You didn’t do that when Ron [Nesbitt] and I were elected. But now, it’s your brother-in-law, so we are going to do it?”

In other business, council:

• Approved a second reading of the city’s alcohol ordinance, with an amendment lowering the price of a pouring license from $5,000 to $1,500.

• Approved a change in the projected amounts of countywide projects in the 2020 Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax (SPLOST) intergovernmental agreement that decreases Euharlee’s amount by $268,000.

• Approved a change in homestead exemptions for Euharlee citizens over 65 with household incomes of $20,000 or less, or 62 and older with incomes of $10,000 or less.

• Passed a resolution recognizing the elections of Turner and Tracy Queen to city council.

• Passed a resolution recognizing the election of Steve Worthington as mayor.

The Euharlee City Council will hold a work session on Tuesday, Dec. 19 at 7 p.m. at Euharlee City Hall.

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