Bentleyville Finance Committee
May 15th, 2013
Attendees: George Skipper, Finance Committee
Bernice Schreiber, Fiscal Officer
Christine Comstock, Council; Kathleen Hale, Council; Wendy Gillund, Council; John Bourisseau, Council.
Meeting called to order at 6:06 P.M.
While the natural gas expenditure, to date, was a slightly more than $200 over budget, the fiscal officer explained the sub-total amount for utilities is the important amount.
The accounts payable listing was reviewed and recommended for payment.
Review of Financial Statement
It was noted that RITA income taxes are approximately $44,000 over the projected budget amount.
There was some discussion regarding an ordinance to grant the mayor spending authority of up to $15,000, without prior approval by Council. Councilman Skipper requested more discussion before the ordinance is introduced to Council.
The fiscal officer presented some information on a subpoena program for RITA tax delinquents. There would be a cost for each subpoena issued and an armed security guard would have to be present during hearings.
There was some discussion on the agenda motion itemizing exceptions to the need for Council approval of village expenditures. Specifically, the three agenda exceptions listed were:
• Expenditures included in the budget;
• Expenditures that recur from time to time and have previously been approved by a simple majority of Council;
• Expenditures required due to emergency.
Councilman Skipper expressed the opinion that recurring expenses would normally be included in the budget and saw no reason to itemize that exception in the motion. Further, a request would be made at the council meeting to table the motion until Councilman Slain returned.
Meeting adjourned at 6:50 P.M.
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