Chillicothe Council allowed revamping the way utilities are billed, and heard the city coffers are causing worry.
Council approved $32,000 to buy new software and computer equipment for water and sewer billing. Pat Patrick says Chillicothe is moving into the 21st century with its abilities for better estimated billing and online access.
Even though it's all new hardware and software, the city will save by replacing the current eight-year-old system. The first year's payment, including the first of a three-year installment for purchase, will be $473 less than the annual payment alone for the old system.
Patrick hopes the system will be up and running after four months.
hear Pat Patrick explain new billing system for city
Auditor Tom Spetnagel Jr. is a little worried about the direction the budget is headed, seeing the numbers here at the halfway point. He said now is also the time to start planning.
He will help lead the Finance Committee meeting 4pm Thursday, and show budget projections.
Lower incomes from state taxes and EMS fees are the main culprits.
hear Chillicothe Auditor Tom Spetnagel caution council about the budget
Kevin Coleman regularly reports on Chillicothe & Circleville councils