Budget approved: Berryville council approves 2015 spending plan

Friday, December 19, 2014

The Berryville City Council approved the city's 2015 budget at its meeting Tuesday.

The budget projects total revenues of $10.1 million and total expenses of $9.8 million in 2015.

Mayor Tim McKinney said there are no significant changes in the proposed 2015 budget. The council voted unanimously to approve it.

The council also approved an agreement to provide district court services for Oak Grove's police department in 2015. The written agreement states that Oak Grove will make a one-time contribution of $1,200 to the city of Berryville. McKinney explained that, while Oak Grove does have a police department, it does not have a court system, adding that he doesn't expect the agreement to affect Berryville much.

"I don't anticipate it being a big load in our district court," he told council members. "I don't think it'll be any big added expenses to us."

He noted that if the agreement doesn't work as planned, the city doesn't have to renew it next year.

McKinney presented City Attorney Clint Scheel's proposed changes to the city's animal control ordinance again, saying he wants the council to officially vote on the proposed changes at its next meeting. The council previously discussed the ordinance, which will address the proper confinement of dogs and the protocol for keeping fowl within city limits.

Scheel has added a provision in the ordinance prohibiting people from confining dogs to a point tether system; the new system, according to Scheel, must be cable run.

Scheel said the provision is meant to prevent dogs from becoming tangled in their leashes; McKinney noted that this is the biggest change to the ordinance. At the council's meeting Tuesday, he described the benefits of the changes.

"It's going to be a lot better for the animals and the people who take care of them," McKinney said. "It's not going to be good for the idiots who shouldn't have animals to start out with."

The council will meet again at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 6.

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