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Sweetwater approves rules for use of city money


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Sweetwater wants to make it clear on how city commissioners can spend discretionary funds.

The Sweetwater commission at a special meeting Tuesday approved a resolution providing rules and procedures for expenditures of commissioner’s discretionary funds.

The resolution clarifies how the money may be spent, said the commission’s president, Jose Bergouignan.

“In the past, we had the fund and we went with what we thought was the general guidelines,” he said.

According to the resolution, the funds could be used to further municipal purposes for the general benefit of city residents and in a manner that is not otherwise prohibited by law. The money may be used for purposes such us beautifying the city, or purchase of material for social events hosted by Sweetwater, or donations to nonprofits, for example.

Mayor Jose Diaz presented the resolution to the commission. The discretionary fund provides $3,000 per commissioner per year and may be used to help the community, but it wasn’t too clear. It was created by former mayor Manny Maroño about three years ago, Diaz said.

“There was nothing in writing for the scope of use for this type of funding,” he said.

Diaz added that the resolution provides transparency, and the money shouldn’t be used for any political purpose.

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