Friday, June 27, 2014

Martin County fiscal court passes budget, avoids government shutdown

The Martin County fiscal court Thursday night approved a balanced budget for the next fiscal year.

Magistrates originally voted against the budget but returned after an executive session and voted three-to-two in favor of the spending plan proposed by Judge/Executive Kelly Callaham.

The budget has drawn criticism because it only funds garbage pickup for the next six months and citizens have enjoyed that free service for many years.

The fiscal court still has six months to figure out a way to continue paying for trash pickup before that cost will be passed on to citizens.

Since the budget passed, a possible government shutdown next week has been avoided.