Mayor issues Zonta proclamation

City of Bradford Mayor James McDonald, center, issued a proclamation supporting the mission of the Bradford Chapter of Zonta Club, with some of the club’s members in attendance Tuesday.

Bradford City Council approved the first reading of the 2022 budget at Tuesday’s meeting. The budget includes a tax rate of 18.52 Mills, which remains the same as that for 2021.

City Administrator Chris Lucco stated, “Budget expenditures are increased by $473,000. The majority of this increase is utilization of American Recovery Planned Act funds that will be used to replace much-needed equipment as well as pay off short-term loans to alleviate financial strain over the next eight years.”

Lucco also noted the city saw an increase in minimum municipal obligations for pension plans of $115,000 and included a budget increase of $172,000 to be placed into the Capital Reserve Fund for larger capital projects.

“Hopefully in future years, we will not need to borrow money from financial institutions to avoid interest and fees that come with those borrowings,” he said.

“If you remove the ARPA spending and additional capital reserve transfer, we would have realized a reduced budget of $9.9 million dollars. That would be two years with a budget reduction or over $600,000 less than 2020’s approved budget,” Lucco explained. “This comes without a service fee, surcharge or tax increase of any kind.”

Also during the meeting, Mayor James McDonald issued a proclamation showing the city’s support of the Zonta mission, particularly on Thursday during the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, also known as Orange Day, and during the club’s 16 Days of Activism Campaign.

Zonta members wore orange to remind residents to show an orange light in their window on Thursday in support of the Zonta Club and its mission.

The 16 Days of Activism campaign begins Nov. 25 and runs through Dec. 10, which is Human Rights Day.

Kathy Kresge, who co-chairs the Activism Committee, shared details of the club’s mission, which is to empower women worldwide through service and advocacy. She said that during the club’s 16 Days of Activism, they challenge 16 other groups or clubs to donate 16 items to the Victim’s Resource Center at the YWCA.

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