Audit Shows City Stable.
The recently received audit of
the City finances for the fiscal year 2011
indicates that the economic downturn has not
significantly reduced services or forced a large
reduction in staff.
appropriations in the General Revenue Fund
provided for a relatively equivalent level of
municipal services as provided for last
year," stated City Administrator Tom Short
in the written report. "There were no new
programs proposed or recommended for the new
fiscal year. Capital and capital projects were
proposed based on the needs presented by the
department heads and available funds. The Fiscal
Year 2012 Budget provides for capital equipment
and projects for the various departments to
maintain current service levels. Cuts impacting
levels of service were made as minimally as
possible based on Department and Agency proposals
to the Budget Committee. The provision of giving
priority to those items necessary to maintain
current service levels for the City (even in
light of the economic problems), is a goal of the
Council in the 2012 budget."
The city has dipped into
reserves in the last two years but still
maintained above minimum levels in that fund.
The Carthage Golf Course and
McCune-Brooks Hospital both failed to cover
operation expenses for the year.
The golf course had a total
revenue, including a $100,000 grant from the
Steadly Trust, of $544,678. Expenditures, which
include principle and interest payments of
$185,262, came to a total of $782,482.
continued its struggle to cover expenses during
the year with an operating shortfall of just over
$3.5 million (see chart at right). That, combined
with interet expense of just under $2.5 million
ended with a deficiency for the year of
$5,103,946. As has been reported before, the
hospital has now been leased to Mercy which will
assume payments on the bonds financing the
recently built structure.
The City overall (excluding the
hospital and CW&EP) recorded revenue of just
under $9.9 million with expenditures of just over
The three main departments of
the City- Fire, Police, and Street, accounted for
approximatel $4 million of the total expenses.
an Evening of Roses and Juleps.
The Carthage Chamber of
Commerce celebrated the past year Derby style
with their 2012 Annual Banquet on Friday, January
20th. Over 250 Chamber members and community
leaders gathered to recognize outstanding
teachers, business leaders, volunteers, and
The evening began with a social
hour featuring music by Louis Morgan and Trio at
6:00 p.m. followed by dinner catered by L.L.
Sayers and an awards ceremony at 7:00 p.m.
The awards and their winners
Andrew Jordan of Schmidt Associates Presented by
the outgoing Chairman in recognition of 2011
contributions to the Chamber and Carthage
Outgoing Board of Directors and
Chairmans Awards -
Steve Swearengen (2011
Chairman), Heritage State Bank, Pam Barlet,
Mercy-McCune Brooks Hospital, Patrick Scott,
Arvest Bank, Kip Smith, Smith Midwest Real Estate
Given to the outgoing Chamber
Chairman and retiring Board Members in
appreciation of their continued insight, support
Tamra Soriano O.D., Carthage Eye Care
A nationally recognized award
presented to a local businesswoman each year
whose work and/or career have helped to inspire
and improve the local business community and
Cherry Babcock, Cherrys Custom Framing and
Awarded to a local artist whose
work has continually inspired and drawn
recognition from the artisan community.
Golden Key Awards -
Amy Grimes, 2nd grade teacher
at Mark Twain Elementary School
Michelle Hensley, 5th grade
teacher at Carthage Middle School
Doug Garrison, Language Arts
teacher at Carthage Junior High School
Cathy Lipscomb, Language Arts
teacher at Carthage High School
Matt Huntley, Assistant
Principal at Carthage High School
Carthage Water & Electric Plant, Bob WIlliams
Awarded to one business each
year that has contributed to the overall
enhancement of the business community of Carthage
through revitalization or improvements made to
their business location.
Small Business of the Year
Award Dr. Flys Salon, Robyn Paul
Presented to one business each
year that has provided a positive image and been
a vibrant entity within the Carthage business
Richard M. Webster Citizen
of the Year Award Marjorie Housh
Given in memory of the late
Senator Richard M. Webster, the Citizen of the
Year Award is presented to an individual who has
devoted much of their time to the improvement and
enhancement of the Carthage community as a whole.
Program to Begin in February.
A person who wishes to become a
Master Gardener is required to attend 30 hours of
training, and agree to return 30 hours of
volunteer service during the following year. The
fee is $135, but thanks to the support of the
Ozark Gateway Master Gardener organization, the
cost to those enrolling will be $95.
Contact Ed Browning or Janet
LaFon, Courthouse Basement, Carthage, 358-2158.
County Jail Count
189 January 25,
Including Placed out of County