December 13th , 2013 10:00 am Leave a comment

Council votes to defer budget amendment for school capital projects

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Time out, City Council.

The Elizabethton City School System will have to wait a little longer to put the next phase of its capital game plan into motion after City Council deferred approval of a budget amendment to add $5 million in bond funds to the school system’s budget.

Council voted 6-1 Thursday to defer a budget amendment appropriating the bond proceeds after council members expressed concerns and discomfort with the plans as proposed by the school system.

The bond funding will be used to construct a new athletic complex, music room and five classrooms at Elizabethton High School.

Councilman Richard Tester cast the only vote against the deferral, voicing his opinion that council should move ahead with the vote to allow the school system to start work on the projects. Councilman Bob Cable made the motion to defer which was seconded by Jeff Treadway.

City Manager Jerome Kitchens explained that the state comptroller requires all funds to be appropriated in the governing body’s budget before money can be spent.

The budget amendment for the school system would have placed the bond money in a line item, appropriating it for the capital projects. Because the vote was deferred, the bond money will remain in its account until the budget amendment it approved.

Mayor Curt Alexander first brought the deferral idea up for discussion. He said he had heard from some council members who were not comfortable with the capital plan the school board had approved and presented to council. He said some council members felt the plans that were approved were different from the plan and priorities that were discussed in workshops.

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