Our View Editorial
We were a little surprised by the Baldwin City Council meeting Monday night.
There was surprise enough that the mill levy went down - only slightly at 0.931, but it wasn't an increase as expected - but also that the discussion of the budget continued among council members. That ultimately resulted in an amendment to the motion to approve the budget and caused a split vote.
Three council members wanted money earmarked to fill an open position in the code enforcement department to instead go to street work - asphalt overlay, curb and guttering. Two other council members did not, instead wanting the money to go to the position as recommended by the finance committee that drafted the budget.
It didn't change any numbers. The budget stayed the same, as did the mill levy. But, it sent a message - even though it was a close 3-2 vote.
The position was hotly contested during the finance committee's discussions where four of the five council members were present. Ultimately, the fifth council member, Doyle Jardon, made the decision.
We're extremely pleased that the mill levy went down. We'd heard whispers for the last year that it would jump, possibly quite a bit. We're not sure what to make of the battle over a person versus projects. We'll see what results.