Council cuts $400K due to circuit breaker losses

NAPPANEE — Common Council members met March 21 and voted to cut nearly $400,000 from the current city budget due to revenue shortages resulting from circuit breaker fallout.
Five areas will be cut from the city budget to cover losses from three townships affecting Nappanee. The exact amount of the loss was listed as $398,322.72. That is the reduction in 2010 property taxes to be paid in 2011.
An estimated $97,127.90 was lost in property tax reductions in Locke Township.
Another $278,803.33 was lost through Union Township adjustments.
The city of Nappanee will also lose $22,391.49 from West Jefferson Township.
Clerk-Treasurer Kim Ingle reminded Common Council members that the previously approved operating balances in the 2011 budget would now need to be reduced to reflect the lost revenue.
She then outlined the following areas which will be cut:
• General Fund: $321,269.52
• Street Department: $10,765.44
• Parks and Recreations Depart-ment: $52,161.84
• Aviation: $3,628.13
• Cumulative Capital Develop-ment Fund (used to cover cost of ambulance and fire truck purchases): $10,497.79
In other matters, Common Council members also voted on second and third readings to amend the 2011 police salary ordinance. Beginning this week, Nappanee police officers will be paid weekly. Another change taking place is that 12-hour shifts will become a thing of the past, unless unavoidable to fill the needs of citizens.