Council had a long give-and-take on an item added to the agenda at the last minute.
Alicia Gray sponsored the ordinance to eliminate one captain position in the police department. But there was confusion about whether that action would trim the police budget and prevent a layoff...or force a layoff.
The consensus was to give it first reading, but to request the Law Director to give better advice by next session...for a possible vote.
In a half-hour hearing before the council session, Auditor Luke Feeney reviewed the so-called "tax budget" for 2014, a first draft that is six months before the real budget. He said the city's financial situation is fairly stable after everything its been through the last few years.
Feeney also said that the Ohio Bureau of Worker's Compensation is handing out money, and the city got a $185,000 check today.
And, he said 31 people have paid about $1,200 in the first short week of the city income tax amnesty program.
Nancy Ames announced a committee meeting to discuss where council will be meeting.
Since the Municipal Court moved out, council sessions and file storage are the only uses of old city hall...so the cost of the elevator is a big issue.
The discussion will be 4pm Tuesday in the Municipal Building's first floor conference room.
Kevin Coleman regularly reports on Chillicothe & Circleville councils