City Council approved the proposed tax decrease, although a realignment of water rates that would have cut residential rates slightly was laid over under the rules when Councilman Joe Butler Jr voted no on a unanimous consent resolution. The issue will be acted on at the next meeting on Monday.
Council also heard an explanation of who appoints to the position of City Clerk and the two deputy clerks.
Council has considered creating an overlap by temporarily staffing a third deputy slot to be filled by the next clerk until the retirement of current clerk Donna Dutton at the end of the year. Technically the deputy slots are filled by the clerk and not the Council.
The current form of government proscribes Council actually fills but two positions, city manager and clerk.
Watertown Daily Times City Council adopts budget with tax decrease