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Board finalizes city budget

July 31, 2014

BY JOSH PRESLEY
news@dailytimesleader.com

The West Point Board of Selectmen approved the final budget for the 2014-15 fiscal year during a special recessed meeting Tuesday at City Hall.
The total budget for the city for the fiscal year is $7.1 million in expenses, with $7.4 million in revenues, leaving a surplus of $358,544. The budget includes $514,003 for City Hall expenses, $1.2 million in total uniform patrol expense for the West Point Police Department, $965,536 for the West Point Fire Department and $762,456 for the West Point Street Department.
West Point Mayor Robbie Robinson said that although the budget was broken down by department, it was adopted generally and not department by department.
In addition to budget, the board tabled a discussion for a proposed special events ordinance, which would require residents to obtain a permit in order to host large gatherings in the city. The ordinance will come before the board again on Aug. 12.
West Point Police Chief Tim Brinkley said throughout the past several months, WPPD has encountered multiple events that required city officials to keep the peace.
“Block parties have been a problem lately,” Brinkley said. “Any kind of event that requires blocking off the street would require a permit, and if police are needed then the person who signed the permit would be responsible for officer’s overtime payment.”
According to the proposed ordinance, Brinkley would have complete discretion on which events were required to obtain a permit. He said the ordinance would only apply to gatherings of more than 50 people where a neighborhood street is blocked, as well as any commercial event at a public park.
Robinson said the board trusted Brinkley to police the ordinance, and that it would not affect church gatherings.
“I personally feel we don’t need to be charging churches if they’re going to have an event in their parking lot,” Robinson said. “We may not have passed the ordinance last night but it is going to pass.”

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