AuGres cancels appreciation dinner


AuGRES — It’s been a longstanding tradition for the city of AuGres to honor its volunteers who participate in the operation of the city, but for 2009, the AuGres Appreciation Dinner is cancelled.

City Manager Pat Killingbeck said the annual dinner has been held for about 45 years and cost about $2,000 annually.

“For this year, because of the economy, we’ve decided not to hold it,” Killingbeck said. “We’ve just been cutting back in light of things that are happening in our economy. … We’ve been eliminating some non-essential items and we will continue to do so.

“As a municipality, we only have two sources of income – property tax and revenue sharing,” she continued. “And both of those are down.”

According to Killingbeck, the only board or commission that receives any sort of compensation throughout the year in AuGres is city council. Its members receive $30 per meeting.

Boards that attended past Appreciation Dinners included the city’s planning commission and zoning board of appeals, Killingbeck said, adding other city operations, such as the AuGres-Sims Police Department, were also invited.

The dinner was cancelled at the city council meeting on Nov. 3.


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Once again our small town hit. I am sorry to hear this was canceled. Maybe if the city taxes wern't so over inflated businesses could afford to pay them and not be shut down- Resulting in $0 tax revenue! Not to mention the money misused in the AuGres city park. I'm sure you could find at least $2,000 there. As an ex-AuGres business owner I know.

Thursday, November 5, 2009 | Report this

This dinner was for volunteers as I understand it. I am to belive the city planning commission and zoning board of appeals were actually volunteers and received absolutely no compensation for determining policy in AuGres. That is definitely a first. They were not appointed by the manager of the city or the city council? Then any number of people could walk iinto city hall and be on one of these boards. I was glad to see the police department is paid but was invited to this dinner anyway. Another nail in the coffin of AuGres.

Monday, November 9, 2009 | Report this

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