• Joshua Morrison/News Arms of An Angel President Dave Culbertson, left, presents a check to Mount Vernon Police Chief Roger Monroe during City Council Monday. Arms of An Angel was able to raise money to purchase another police K-9 dog for the department. The police chief updated council on the currently active dog, Laya, and her first day on the job.
  • Joshua Morrison/News The State Auditor’s Office presented an award to the city of Mount Vernon at Monday night’s council session. Tim Craft, left, presented City Auditor Terry Scott with his 19th Auditor of the State Award with Distinction.

MOUNT VERNON — At the urging of First Ward Councilman Sam Barone, City Council Monday agreed to have a work session at 6 p.m. Monday, Dec. 4, to discuss how the budget should be approached in the wake of the voters’ approval of the 1/2 percent income tax increase.

Barone said he thought the current council should provide its thoughts to the administration on how, since the tax was earmarked for police, fire and emergency services, the money freed for use in the General Fund should be utilized.

He said he thought council might want to revisit the formula put forth on using the original 1 percent income tax, and it might want to create a “rainy day” fund or it might want to urge an immediate brick street project for this summer.

“The challenge is on us,” Barone said. “We took the initiative to put this on the ballot and we said we were going to use money freed by the tax to deal with deferred maintenance issues.”

The meeting will be held in the downstairs meeting room and should last about two hours.

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Chuck Martin: 740-397-5333 or cmartin@mountvernonnews.com and on Twitter, @mountvernonnews



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