City council passes 2019 budget, other ordinances

City council passes 2019 budget, other ordinances
City council passed 2019 budget and other ordinances Tuesday night.

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - It's budget time for everyone across Region 8, the city of Jonesboro included.

The 2019 budget passed unanimously at city council Tuesday night.

However, the process was different this year.

The budget was passed by resolution, instead of the way it's normally done, which is by ordinance.

Both are allowed by law.

The big difference is an ordinance has to be read three times.

This caused a little bit of confusion for the public, wondering about the reason for the change.

City officials said it's really about making the city work more efficiently.

The budget was still combed through just as thoroughly as previous years.

However, now that it was passed as a resolution, any minor changes that need to be made throughout the next year can be done by resolution instead of by ordinance.

"It just gives us flexibility, it saves time for the city, and it's more efficient," Chief of Staff Bill Reznicek said. "In the end, I think it still gives ample time for people to review what's being changed, make comments on it, and the council always has the final say on whether or not they want to approve the resolution."

Resolutions can also be held, so if the public or council feel something needs a closer eye, nothing stops them from delaying the process when needed.

Also discussed Tuesday night, an ordinance that has been months in the making, even having its own committee set up to devise a plan, was passed.

It's purpose is to promote tree preservation within the city.

The ordinance sets guidelines for developers and property owners.

It passed 11 votes in favor to one against.

For more details on city council’s actions tonight, click here.

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