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Parkville increases budget for legal fees

by Alan McArthur
Landmark reporter

The 2009 budget was approved for the city of Parkville on Tuesday.

The total amount of the budget is expected to be nearly $3.6 million. The budget approved by the city projects revenues will meet expenditures and there will be no additional carry-over for 2009.

The revenue proposed in 2009 is an increase over 2008's budget approved in December 2007. The 2008 budget had projected total revenue of $3,491,444; the projected actual income for 2008 is $3,675,663.

The revenue listed for the 2009 budget is $3,599,718.

Total expenditures are also expected to increase for 2009. The total expenditure matches 2009's projected revenue with $3,675,663.

One of the largest increases in expenditures is under the title of administrative. The expenditure for 2008 was approved at $578,960. The expenditure increased for 2009 to $709,766.

The area with the largest increase in administration is under professional fees. The line item for attorney/legal fees is increasing to $100,000 from $35,000. The projected total fees for 2008 are $154,724.

Previous budgets were approved with a carry-over amount, with less expenditures than revenues. The 2008 budget was approved with a carry-over of $101,313; the projected final amount is $151,552 for 2008.

In other business, the city appointed Jerry Felker to fill a vacant seat on the Parkville Ethics Commission. Felker was appointed to fill a seat formerly held by Brenda Davis. Davis moved out of the city. The seat will be filled by Felker until April 2009.

The ethics commission was used for the first time after the April 2008 election, after complaints were filed against Gerry Richardson, mayor, and Kathy Dusenbery, former mayor and first district commissioner-elect, by Parkville resident Dave Williams.

Richardson was cleared by the commission of any wrongdoing and the commission determined Dusenbery had acted inappropriately, but did not recommend any punishment be enforced.

Richardson proclaimed Friday, Dec. 26 as Muehlbach Day in Parkville. The day will be to honor George Frank Muehlbach, who owned and operated the Apple Market grocery store where the Price Chopper now stands along 45 Highway.

Muehlbach opened the store in 1968 and operated it until it was closed in 2003. A ceremony will start at 2 p.m. to place a monument in the area near the Nick and Jake's patio in the Parkville Commons area.



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