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Mayor urges council to spend less

Thursday, May 29, 2003

The Salem City Council met May 22 to discuss the city's finances and upcoming issues.

According to the financial report that was accepted at last week's meeting, there have been ups and downs in funding this year.

"Sales tax is up as compared to last year," said Mayor Gary Clayton. "That's positive at least. We're down significantly in general funds, which isn't any surprise. I knew that was coming."

Clayton said he is not uneasy about financial standings as of now.

"My primary concern is not about how much we have now. We've run a pretty tight ship I feel," he said. "If we don't make adjustments immediately funding will gradually go down."

Clayton cautioned the members of the council. "I'm asking you to cut back on expenditures for the following year to allow us to bulk up on some money," he said. "We can operate, I think, pretty lean for the rest of the year. Anything we can get by without, that we can live without, let it slide."

Clayton understood some members may not realize how important saving money is since the account seems so large.

"I know it's pretty hard to understand when you're looking at an account with $150,000, but that $150,000 can get away from you pretty fast," Clayton said. "I just want to caution everyone if we don't need it, don't get it."

In other news:

* The Salem Fire Department will use the $126,000 it received from the HAZMAT grant to purchase things that will benefit those who respond to terrorist attacks and the Salem Fire Department.

* The swimming pool in Salem is being prepared to open. According to Clayton, lifeguards have been chosen for the summer.

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