Mountain Home’s budget includes items from new sales and use tax

The Mountain Home City Council adopted a $26.3 million budget in its meeting Thursday evening with all members present.

The budget includes $1.4 million of projected revenue from the voter approved 3/8 percent public safety sales and use tax in September. Collections of the sales tax are set to begin in January, with the first funds to be available to the City of Mountain Home in March for fire and police department needs.

Among the items funded with projected revenue from the public safety sales and use tax are four new patrol units for the police department and a new ladder truck and an additional fireman for the fire department. In addition, animal control is being added, as is restoration of code enforcement of city ordinances.

In other business, Dale Hoffman was appointed by Mayor Joe Dillard to fill a four-year at-large position with the Advertising and Promotion Commission.

In an Administrative Committee report, it was noted the Personnel Committee will be handling the task of reviewing applications to fill the recently vacated treasurer's position.

Treasurer Deborah Cotter and Deputy Treasurer Chris McDaris both submitted letters of resignation to the city council and Mayor Joe Dillard on Monday. The two gave three-day notices of resignation, with their final day of employment with the city on Thursday.

City Clerk Brian Plumlee says McDaris has since agreed to serve as a contract labor employee until January.

Plumlee says the presentation from Methvin Sanitation regarding the consumer price index was scratched from the agenda and may be rescheduled.

Two funding transfers from within the Water/Wastewater account were unanimously approved.

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