Norris City Council Moves Forward On New Budget – Courtesy of Norris Bulletin

Story courtesy of the Norris Bulletin – By Jack Mitchell

At its May meeting, the Norris City Council approved on first reading a new budget for the 2018-2019 fiscal year. The vote was 4 to 1, with Councilman Jack Black dissenting. The adoption of a final budget is still subject to a public hearing and an approval on second reading by the Council. That hearing will be conducted on Monday, June 11 at 6 PM prior to the June Council meeting.

If the budget is adopted in its present form, the result is a balanced budget with projected revenues slightly exceeding
projected expenses, the consequence of which would be no tax increase in property taxes for the
coming year.

Although there was discussion of several items and whether or not they were properly classified, the meeting raised no major controversy although Councilman Black advocated the position that it would be prudent for the Council to consider a series of minor tax increases over a number of years rather than have taxpayers confronted with the possibility of a large increase in any single year.

Other items discussed pertained to the adoption of changes in the City’s employee policies that centered around more detailed job descriptions for key positions in the Police Department, along with revisions in the City pay policies and the implementation of several step increases, as recommended by the City Manager. Council approved the proposed changes but elected to add only one new step rather than the seven additional steps that had been suggested.

About Brad Jones

Brad is the Owner/Operator of BBB TV 12, and has been with the company since August of 1996. Brad is a 1987 graduate of Coalfield High School and a 1995 graduate of the University of Tennessee College of Communications. He won the 1995 broadcast production student of the year award. Brad worked at Shop at Home, Inc. a home shopping network that was located in Knoxville, TN from 1993 - 1995 and then at Via TV (RSTV, Inc.) from 1995 - 1996. After some freelance work in Nashville, Brad joined the BBB Communications staff in August of 1996. A short stint at WVLT TV as a news photographer was in 2001, but he continued to work at BBB TV as well. Brad is married to Nicole Jenkins Jones, a 1990 graduate of Oak Ridge High School, who works at Oak Ridge Gastroenterology and Associates in Oak Ridge. They have 3 kids, Trevor Bogard, 27, Chandler 22, and Naomi 13. On December 12, 2013 they welcomed their first grandchild, Carter Ryan Bogard. Brad is also the assistant boys basketball coach at Coalfield High School for the past 11 years. In 2013-14 the Yellow Jackets won their first district title since 1991 and just the 4th in school history.

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