At Monday night’s meeting, council discussed the proposal line by line. The board should have approved its budget by October first, but they couldn’t come to an agreement. Councilman Terry Eady explains the delay stems from switching financial advisers.
Representatives from the Regional Commission say there isn’t a penalty for not complying with the October first deadline. But, if the council delays much longer, it could affect them in the long run.
"If a budget is not ever adopted, it would be cited as non-compliance at that time," explained Matt Garvin, a finance officer for the Middle Georgia Regional Commission.
Garvin adds the city cannot receive federal or state grants while they do not have a budget.
Councilman Eady is pleased with how much money is allotted for each city department, but he thinks the board will have to go back and make some adjustments.
"I don’t think that we’re going to have the money available that we may need at a later time and we’ll have to come back to this table and make amendments. You know, if you don’t have the money there, you can’t spend it," said Councilman Eady.
Gordon City Council is required by law to advertise the budget proposal in the local paper for one week. Then, they will hold a public hearing, before voting to adopt the budget at their next council meeting. That will be sometime in February.