HARMONY -- For the next year, the town of Harmony will be working with a shoestring budget.
And that is something that town council president Janice Gooch isn't pleased with.
On Tuesday, the council voted unanimously to accept its 2008 proposed budget despite not liking the decrease in total numbers to run the town.
"It's not enough money to operate on, hardly," Gooch said. "(The state) just keeps cutting you back and cutting you back. They tell you what you can spend and what you can't spend."
However, Gooch said she was aware Harmony would see its fair share of money cuts heading into budget time.
"Everybody else was getting the ax," she said. "But we have stayed within our budget."
According to town clerk/treasurer Donna Mullinix, the 2008 Harmony budget is $218,673, down from $268,266 from last year. The town saw a decrease of nearly 50,000.
In other news, the board:
* Unanimously approved a proposal allowing town resident Marsha Hale to rock an alley between Short and Hayes streets. The council had required Hale to get permission from the two other property owners that lived on the alley to rock it, and she approached the board Tuesday with the necessary signatures.
* Learned that no letters were sent by town attorney Eric Somheil to residents concerning weeds and high grass. According to town ordinances, weeds may not be taller than 8 inches. The town ordinance states that after residents are sent a letter, they have 10 days to respond. However, Somheil said he did not send out any letters in August.
"Most often, it is corrected," Somheil said.
The council meets regularly on the first Tuesday of each month at the Harmony Community Center. Its next meeting is scheduled for 7:30 p.m., Oct. 2.