Monette Cemetery Committee requests audit

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

The Monette City Council met in special session on Friday, July 27, to discuss requests from the re-organized Cemetery Committee and the amendment of the proposed city sales tax.

Mayor Chub Qualls recognized Cemetery Committee members present, Deb Whited Tucker, Dana McKuin, and Holly Corter. Members unable to attend were Bobby Flannigan and Revis Stewart.

Tucker reported the Cemetery Committee unanimously requested an audit be done of cemetery finances, using Tim Short of Despain, Luther, and Short CPAs.

City Council members Bob Blankeship, Tom Carroll, Philip Duffel, Dick Pace and Joyce Read unanimously approved the request for an audit.

Mayor Qualls said there was not time to put the proposed sales tax on the September ballot with the school board election as planned. The date of the original ordinance stated Sept. 11 and will need to be changed to Nov. 6, 2012.

City Attorney Johnny Dunigan prepared an amendment to Ordinance 2012-3, as requested in order to change the date to coincide with the general election. The ordinance calls for a special election in the City of Monette on the question of levying a one percent sales and use tax within the city.

An emergency was declared and the rules were suspended to call for all three readings of the amended ordinance. The council unanimously passed Ordinance 2012-3.

The next regularly scheduled council meeting will be 7 p.m. Monday, Aug. 13, at city hall.

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