An amended budget for the city of Pacific for fiscal year 2013-14 passed last Tuesday, but it does not include a $12,000 cemetery study.
Instead, the money for the study will now go toward purchasing a police motorcycle.
Aldermen passed 5-1 an amended $9.5 million city budget that will go into effect July 1, 2013.
Alderman Ed Gass voted against the amended budget, but declined to give The Missourian a reason for his vote.
Mayor Herb Adams had previously asked for the cemetery study to help resolve a longtime dispute with Bell Funeral Home director Jeff Palmore, who claims the city misidentified and misdeeded two cemetery lots Palmore claims he owns.
Adams said the study was removed from the budget because the city didn’t have the funds to spend on it, and the money was needed for a police motorcycle to enhance traffic control.
The board also approved a $10,000 line item in the amended budget to study the feasibility of a new recreation center. This number doubled from the original request of $5,000 that the board voted to include in the budget back in April.
The proposed recreation center would include a new pool to replace the existing one that is more than 30 years old.
The amended budget will still include the development of the New East Osage Community Development District, which contains plans for improvements to Thornton Road from Eagles View to Viaduct with curb and gutter, sidewalks and streetlights, and improvements to the park system, the Cardinal Care program and other capital improvements.
City Administrator Harold Selby stated in his budget message that the city will continue to look for ways to cut costs while still providing the services the citizens expect.