City Council approves next year’s budget

Residents of the City of Warren will not see their property tax bill go up and might even find it more convenient to express their gratitude in person in 2019 thanks to council action during Monday’s meeting.

Warren City Council members unanimously approved a 2019 budget that maintains property taxes at 19.8 mills. The 2019 budget balances revenues and expenses at $10,170,201.

The budget was approved without question or comment from either council members or the public. Council held a public hearing regarding the budget prior to Monday’s action. The action was approved by six members, including Mayor Maurice Cashman, with Council Member Gregory Fraser absent.

Following the budget action, council discussed a proposal to amend its monthly meeting time.

City Manager Nancy Freenock told council that people had expressed concern about the “late” 7:30 meeting time being a deterrent for attendance.

The suggested change on the table was 6 p.m. Cashman told council he had spoken with Fraser who was in favor of a change to 7 p.m. as a start time for meetings in 2019.

Following some discussion, council unanimously agreed that all regular meetings will begin at 7 p.m. in 2019.

City Council meetings are typically held on the third Monday of the month at the City of Warren Municipal Building, 318 West Third Ave. Meetings are open to the public.

The 2019 budget can be viewed in its entirety at