MORAINE, Ohio (WDTN) - Despite a hefty budget shortfall, Moraine city officialsdelivered some good news on Wednesday.
Mayor Robert Rosencrans said the budget shortfall was not as badas they had thought. Income tax revenues were better thanthey had projected.
City officials said instead of being $4.5 million in the red,Moraine would be $2 million in the red. This meant, thingswere still tight, but it also meant many proposed cuts on the boardcould potentially be avoided.
"Things are working better than we had anticipated. Ican't explain it, but we are happy," said Mayor Rosencrans.
City officials said, right now it wouldn't change much. The city would still remain open for business only four and a halfdays a week, there were no plans to re-open Splash Moraine yet, andthe city had no plans to fill positions of police officers orfirefighters who left or retired from the department.
The city also announced that residents may have to start payingfor trash services. City council would have to vote on thatfirst, though.
Despite the tight budget, city officials said the Fourth of Julycelebrations would go on.
"We'll give the residents something to cheer about on thisFourth of July, to celebrate the fact that Moraine is movingforward, " said Mayor Rosencrans.
The city had budgeted $34,000 for fireworks, with half the moneycoming from Waste Management Services, and the City of WestCarrollton.
City council was expected to vote on approving the money forfireworks on Thursday night. If they got the green light,city officials said the festivities would take place at Wax Park,right by Splash Moraine. It featured carnival rides forchildren all day long, with music from the Menus.
The fireworks display would take place at 10 PM.
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