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Wednesday, September 26, 2012 - 22:48
The Village of Vinton will still continue to provide services to its residents, even though their council couldn't pass a budget in time for the new fiscal year.
Mayor Madeleine Praino said Tuesday night they would have to "close up" and stop all services in the village since the council came to an impasse on approving the budget and tax rate for the village.
But Wednesday, the mayor confirmed with NewsChannel 9 that they will continue providing basic services based on last year budget.
Those services include police protection, health and sanitation, street and building maintenance... and grant payments will still be provided.
The Village council couldn't come to an agreement on a tax rate.
Some proposed a $.72 per $100 valuation rate, others an even higher $.82 rate, along with slashed salaries.
Mayor Pro tem Juvencia Ontiveros has accused Praino of overspending, causing the Village to go into debt for the first time in its history.
The mayor responded, saying while the village is in debt more than $1 million, it's because Ontiveros and her fellow colleagues on council voted against receiving grant moneys towards a water/sewer system to pay engineers.
Ontiveros says they cannot legally accept grant money, when the village has already accepted another grant for the same project.
No word on when the Village will try to reconcile their budget again.