CLINTON — It’s a conservative budget, City Administrator Gary Boden said, and it unanimously passed at Tuesday’s Clinton City Council meeting.

The 2009-2010 city of Clinton’s $64.28 million operating budget has little room for added expenses, but it will shave 11 cents off the property tax rate and won’t include a solid waste collection fee increase. At-large councilman Mark Vulich mentioned those items as positives to the budget.

“I was pleased with this year’s budget,” Vulich said. “We kept costs under control.”

During Tuesday’s public hearing, no citizens were in attendance to speak about the proposed budget. However, At-large councilman Ron Mallicoat requested adding funds to the Clinton Humane Society.

In a previous budget workshop, the council discussed a proposed cut to the Humane Society. Mallicoat expressed desire to eliminate the cut.

“This is not the time to cut money to the Humane Society,” Mallicoat said. “We should give them what they need. We need them a lot more than they need us.”

Finance Director Deb Neels said the $5,000 reduction had been reinstated to the Humane Society since no clear consensus was given during the workshop. City Attorney Paul Walter said even with the added money, the city is still in negotiations with the Humane Society’s attorney on a final fund allocation.

“This really is a small amount of money and it shouldn’t have a significant fiscal impact on us,” Boden said.

The budget’s passage concludes workshops that spanned a month. To locate individual articles regarding those meetings, search Budget in the search function on the homepage.