Budget talks continue for the city of Zanesville with the first meeting of a newly-appointed budget committee.
Tonight the committee addressed the charge of the group as they work through sorting the 2010 budget.
Councilman David Tarbert is heading the committee and says it has two main points.
"One, what do we do to prepare and finalize a 2010 budget," he said. "The $2.6 million deficit has been cut down some, but there is still a deficit. What can we do to help the administration with some ideas, with some suggestions. What can we do to get that 2010 budget ready."
Tarbert says he hopes the committee will also be able to ensure that a deficit doesn't occur again.
At the city council meeting that followed, an ordinance cutting funding to South East Area Transit was passed. The transportation service will receive $80,000 instead of $160,000 as in years past.
An ordinance allowing the implementation of furloughs is tabled for two weeks as budget talks continue.
The budget committee will meet Monday, Feb. 1 at 5:30 p.m.