Two residents spoke in opposition to parts of Auburn’s proposed FY2013 budget during a public hearing the city council held Thursday, Aug. 30. The $2.85 million budget — which calls for a 14 percent drop in spending compared with last year — is on the agenda for a final vote during a 7 p.m. meeting Thursday, Sept. 6. Auburn citizens John Nelms and Charlie Sewell, a former councilman, questioned the city’s transit system, known as A.N.T.; cuts to code enforcement; and the lack of funding for an expanded warning system to provide severe weather alerts. City administrator Ron Griffith told the council during his budget presentation Thursday that 13 of 18 departments reduced spending, including the police department.
For the full story, see the Sept. 5 issue of the Barrow Journal.