BEAR CREEK - The Bear Creek Town Council voted to borrow $30,000 from their line of credit in order to pay bills and pay officers in the police department, at the council's regular meeting Monday, October 7.
The council discussed there are three available credit lines for the town, included $38,685.50 for one line of credit for the town, $11,475.80 for a second line of credit for the town and $11,422.11 available from the water department's line of credit, Town Clerk Jamie Green stated.
The council's unanimous vote to pull from the line of credit marked the first time the town has borrowed from their line of credit in a year, Green stated.
However, Mayor Tammie Batchelor went to bat for the town, defending negative comments and rumors in the town about the town having to borrow money.
“The town is not broke,” Mayor Batchelor emphasized. “We have paid tens of thousands of dollars for bills that were past due before the new adminitration came in. we have not been able to consolidate the loans and lower payments to save the town money, and do some things that would take the choke hold off of the town of Bear Creek.”
This is because the town has yet to receive an audit report, after “waiting and begging” for the 2018 audit, and the town continues to wait, the mayor said.
“Unfortunately we are at the mercy of the accountant and have no other choice but to wait,” Batchelor emphasized. “Overall, we have done some very positive things in spite of the challenges we faced and continue to face.
“It is very upsetting when you continue to hear negative things. We have maintained and managed with less money, more employees, staying current on all bills and payments along with paying on previous arrearages and repairing worn out equipment on a daily basis,” Batchelor continued.
“It has been a very hard year, but we are working and trying our best to move forward in a positive direction,” Batchelor pointed out.
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