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October 16, 2013

City's 2014 budget passes without a hitch

GOSHEN — Goshen City Council members Tuesday officially approved the 2014 city budget numbers following a brief and uneventful final reading held for the public.

The total budget approved for 2014 included approximately $250,000 in savings the council was able to secure by removing several new position requests by various city departments.

Those removals, made through an amendment to the budget during its first reading earlier this month, included two new officer positions sought by the Goshen Police Department, a new position requested by the Street Department, and a new administrative position requested by the Parks Department.

At the close of the vote, several council members praised this year’s overall budgetary process as one of the smoothest and most non-contentious in recent memory.

“In the years that I’ve been sitting through budget hearings — two decades — this has been the smoothest process we’ve had,” said council member Everett Thomas.

Council President Jim McKee was quick to agree.

“I appreciate everybody’s willingness to work together for the good of the community,” Mckee said.

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