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Got thoughts on how Clayton spends money? Come tell the Council Monday night!

02/01/2017

Got thoughts on how the Town of Clayton spends money?

Come tell the Clayton Town Council during a special budgetary public hearing 6:30 p.m. Monday at The Clayton Center, 111 East Second Street.

As Town begins to budget for the fiscal year beginning July 1, Town leaders have decided to open the floor for the public to weigh in and help shape our upcoming spending plan.

Always wanted to see more of this? Ever wondered why we spend so much on that? Now’s your chance to let the Town Council know!

State law requires cities and towns to hold at least one public hearing before adopting a new budget. Most municipalities either hold the hearing at the beginning of the process – before the big decisions have been made – or at the end of the process, when leaders already have a pretty good idea of what the final budget will look like. In the past, Clayton has fallen into the latter category, and there are advantages and drawbacks to each approach.

This year, Town Manager Adam Lindsay suggested the Town of Clayton go above and beyond what the law requires and do both. Lindsay asked the Town Council to schedule hearing for Monday, and to plan on having another hearing before the Council votes to approve the final budget – likely in June. The Council liked the idea and voted to move ahead with the plan.

“The public hearing may happen close the adoption of the budget, or it may happen at the beginning of the process, and the arguments for why you would do one or the other are there,” Lindsay said to the Council. “I’m making the suggestion we hold two public hearings to accomplish all of those things.”

Don’t miss this chance to speak for your tax dollars! We hope to see you Monday night!

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