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Boone Passes $22 Million Budget PDF Print
Written by Gary Childers   
Friday, 22 June 2012 05:43

Boone Passed its $22 million dollar budget last night, but not without a few ‘characters’ showing up. A plea to please keep the book budget for the Watauga Library, “If these budget cuts happen, these will be the first things that go. The audio books—we won’t have new ones. I listen to those things like crazy. I need new books!” Lexi Cranor’s ‘in character’ request came along with people dressed as characters from children’s books, moms, kids, librarians—all pressing the Boone Town Council with requests to fully fund the amount requested by Watauga County Library to stock its children’s’ section. During the public hearing on the Town’s proposed 2012-2013 budget supporters of the library and head librarian, Monica Caruso, asked the Town Council to increase the $5,000 recommended by the Town’s Committee on Outside Agency funding to their original $15,000 request, “We’re asking the town council to reconsider the allocation considering how important and vital literacy is for the youth in our community.
Council members Ball, Brantz, and Scherlen spoke in favor of reconsidering the library’s request later in the year to which Council Member, Jamie Leigh, reacted strongly. Stating her comments were not meant to be anti-library, she criticized the other members for not honoring the agreed upon policy of abiding by the recommendations of the committee they established who follow the guidelines developed by Council for the outside agency  funding process. After much discussion of this issue the vote was called for and the Committee on Outside Agency funding recommendations were approved. Following that action Town Manager, Greg Young, presented the Council with the proposed 2013 budget which amounted to $22,192,185. After very little further discussion the Council voted unanimously to adopt the budget ordinance. Mayor Clawson shared the following thoughts on the budget during a break in the Council’s meeting, “We did get a balanced this year without a tax increase—we remain at 37-cents, which I’m very pleased about. It looks like we’re going to have a good year. There’s many projects that we wish we could that we just really do not have the money.”



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