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Carthage Expects Easier Budgeting Next Year

Carthage, IL – Carthage expects to be almost done with the high costs of closing its landfill. Mayor Jim Nightingale says the city expects to spend at least $160,000 this year to finish closing procedures. He says that gives a projected end-of-year general fund balance of $80,000. He says usually aldermen try for $200,000 or more. Nightingale says this year's spending plan included no major purchases except for one police car. In future years, he expects landfill expense to drop to between $30,000 and $40,000 per year. The city will spend more than $300,000 on new water and sewer lines, but that's paid for by a special half-cent sales tax.