Zanesville has a new budget committee chairman, and he already has his work cut out for him.
Steve Kilpatrick has replaced former chairman David Tarbert. The committee met on Thursday to discuss year-to-date numbers.
"In terms of tax revenues versus the budget for 2011 and also expenditures, both of those parts are looking okay year-to-date," said Kilpatrick.
Kilpatrick said the committee is planning ahead for the 2012 budget to avoid problems that have come up in the past.
"We talked about a timeline for putting together the budget for 2012, knowing that it’s very contingent upon the contract negotiations that will be starting up here soon with what we call our big three unions – police, fire and AFSCME," said Kilpatrick.
Kilpatrick said the first draft of the 2012 budget is expected to be brought to council at the first meeting in November.