The Crawford County Council has changed the date of its 2020 budget adoption again.
Following the public hearing on the proposed public safety tax, the council voted to push budget adoption to Tuesday, Oct. 29. That decision was made to allow as much time as possible for an advisory committee to meet and develop other ideas than a tax to fund paramedic and other emergency services in the county. The committee is meeting on Tuesdays at 7 p.m. in the council meeting room at the Judicial Center in English. The public is invited.
Budgets must be adopted in October. For that reason, the council has decided to meet Tuesday, Oct. 22, at 6 p.m. to consider budget adoption.
Council President Bill Breeding said he understands the council may vote to adopt the budget at that meeting but continue final adoption to a later date to allow the committee another week to meet.
Also, the council has scheduled another public hearing on the public safety tax. That hearing is set for Monday, Oct. 28, at 6 p.m. at the Judicial Complex in English.
The public will have the opportunity to express concerns and ask questions about the proposed tax at that time, and the council may take action on the ordinance.
Breeding said Oct. 31 is the last possible date the council could meet to adopt a budget. If it does so, the meeting will most likely be in the afternoon to allow ample time as the budget must be completed by midnight.
For more information about any of the meetings, call Crawford County Auditor Christian Howell at 812-338-2601.