Council member plans to vote against city’s budget

Council member plans to vote against city’s budget
A Blytheville city council member said he will vote against the city’s budget approval at the next meeting.

Tommy Abbott said to meet the $15 million budget, the city plans to make cuts in general funding.

He said cuts will be made in parks and recreation, the police department, and public works.

Abbott said this comes after a 1% sales tax increase did not pass last October.

He said cutting personnel is not the answer.

Abbott believes the city should look at fixing a bigger issue.

You start with things like vehicles driven properly, Abbott said. We've got a lot of vehicles that are being taken home overnight that aren't emergency vehicles.

Abbott suggested another way to meet the budget besides making cuts would be to consolidate city services.

We have at least 6 different crews that mow in Blytheville in different areas, Abbott said. I suggested earlier that we get rid of all the different crews and have one larger crew that takes care of everyone.

Abbott stands by his decision to vote against the approval.

A voting approval date has not been set yet, but will be before Jan. 31. 

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