Common council ties up financial loose ends

RAPID CITY, S.D. – All bills, even those that are unexpected, have to be paid, and the Rapid City Common Council wrapped up financial business in a special meeting Thursday.

Members of the Common Council discuss the appropriations ordinance.

The council passed Supplemental Appropriation #8, which authorizes additional expenditures to the city budget.

The appropriation pays the city’s last bills of 2018, some of which change when a department’s expenditures exceeds the amount budgeted for the year.

The vote to approve was 8 to 1, with one council member absent.

Ward 4 Alderman and Common Council President Amanda Scott, the lone dissenting council member, was concerned that about $430,000 in the appropriation were not presented to the council before the day of the vote.

“The only reason I did say no is because I wanted to make a point that these things were not brought before City Council in totality to be approved prior to this,” said Scott. “So, I just wanted my objection to be known that the public knows at least one person on the City Council is watching and making sure everything is accounted for.”

NewsCenter1 also spoke to Mayor Steve Allender. Allender said approving the appropriation is a routine bookkeeping matter, and the city’s finances remain strong.

The full supplemental appropriation ordinance can be read here.

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