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La Vergne budget passes at June 6 meeting

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The La Vergne Board of Mayor and Aldermen meeting June 6 was preceded by a public hearing, where folks had the opportunity to speak about items in the annual budget, set for its second reading in the regular meeting later that evening.

One concern involved money proposed for the La Vergne Rescue Squad's budget.

"There's $25,000 in the budget for a grant to the La Vergne Rescue Squad, for which the city can't seem to get any answers about what the Rescue Squad actually does for our community and our citizens," said concerned citizen Debra Heughan.

She also questioned $100,000 allocated for a study to bring a recreational "splash pad" to La Vergne, asking why that amount of money would be spent for a study, and a study alone, while, she alleges, the police and fire department are understaffed.

The Mayor and Aldermen listened patiently to the public statements. Mayor Dennis Waldron then gaveled closed the public hearings and called for a short recess before starting the 7 p.m. regular meeting. When the budget came up for its second and final reading, Aldermen Jason Cole offered a motion to strike the $25,000 line item for the La Vergne Rescue Squad. The motion failed of a second. The mayor then asked for a motion to approve the budget, which ultimately passed 4-1, with Cole voting against it.

In new business, the Waldron spoke on first reading to an ordinance to cut water and sewer rates by five percent across the board in La Vergne, which carried unanimously.

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