Parkersburg Budget Passed

Parkersburg City Council passed the fiscal 2004-2005 budget Tuesday, but not without some friction.

Council approved the proposed budget after weeks of meetings with city departments, department heads and office holders.

Tuesday night, the mayor objected to some of the cuts and numbers in the budget, claiming they would have to be adjusted in the coming year.

Council President Robert Goff claims, "In the end, we've got good results. We have an austere budget, but it's a good one that is workable. We've made $900,000 worth of reductions. We did not pass a utility tax onto the people, but we did not reduce services."

The budget was passed 7 to 1, with Councilwoman Betty Mather dissenting.

The budget is due in Charleston by March 26. It will be hand-delivered Wednesday to assure receipt by the state of West Virginia's deadline.