Council heard the not-so-rosy forecast for next year's budget, six months out.
In a public hearing half an hour before the council session, Chillicothe Auditor Tom Spetnagel, Jr. outlined what he can see for next year. His 2013 "tax budget" is required by state law, but is only a long-distance estimation.
He estimated the city will be $700,000 poorer January 1st, including two federal grants that help with safety forces. The city would have to reapply for those, which pay for two police officers and three firefighters.
Spetnagel says one saving grace is the trend of slightly growing local economy.
hear Spetnagel outline what he can see for next year
Council also passed legislation clarifying and strengthening overgrown grass enforcement, ratifying the Solid Waste Management plan for the region, and paying about $51,700 of the city's part in the fall and spring elections.
Kevin Coleman regularly reports on Chillicothe & Circleville councils