The Augusta City Council had a party Monday night and no one came.
No residents attended the annual public hearing to discuss the city’s budget. After a brief discussion, the council passed the 2014 budget 6-0 with Jamie Crum and Mike Wallace absent.
The budget calls for a 0.614 mill increase. The increase was required due to debt service on the major projects the city completed this year.
Before the budget passed, Councilor Ron Reavis renewed his concern that the library did not have enough money in the budget to cover its expenditures.
Reavis asked if the council could decrease the $25,000 in additional funds earmarked for parks and cover the $11,800 the library needs to balance its budget.
“The money budgeted for park improvements doesn’t affect the mill levy,” Interim City Manager Josh Shaw said. “That money comes from capital improvement funds which come from sales taxes and electric transfers.”
Councilor Matt Malone said that by statute, the library has the ability to tax residents on its own.
Shaw said he recommended that the library make a request for more funds next year if they need them.