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Redfield adopts 2013 budget

REDFIELD — The Redfield City Council voted unanimously Jan. 15 to amend the 2012 municipal budget and adopted the 2013 city departmental budgets, the latter including 3 percent raises for most city employees, according to Mayor Tony Lawhon.

City councils frequently amend budget to correlate revenues and expenditures at the end of a calendar year.
In other action during the council meeting, Lawhon said the state Division of Legislative Audits gave the city “a clean bill of health” except in two areas.
The auditors noted municipal checks written in 2011 and 2010 totaling $11,978 and $10,054, respectively, lacked supporting documentation and no W-2 or Form 1099 were issued.
Lawhon said the city has amended its financial policies and will no longer do business with the vendor involved. He said the city has also tightened up on petty cash controls as a result of a second point raised by auditors.
The January session was the first council meeting for four of the six aldermen, who were sworn in on Jan. 1 by District Court Judge Kim Bridgforth. The four freshmen aldermen are Glen Flemmons, Ward 1, Position 1; Carol Eagle, Ward 1, Position 2; Larry O’Briant, Ward 2, Position 2; and Diann Smith, Ward 3, Position 1.
Incumbent Sandra G. Garrett holds the Ward 2, Position 1, council seat, while Darrell Hedden retained his Ward 3, Position 2, in the November general election.