Employees of the small Madison County village of St. Jacob are back at work today. The mayor shut down all the town's operations Friday after trustees couldn't come to an agreement last Thursday night on St. Jacob's million-dollar budget. However, departments were called back to work late on Friday, including the police department.
Mayor Ray Muniz took the action on the advice of the village attorney, and was even working at village hall by himself on Friday, and says the dispute was due in part to trustees not being able to agree on items like membership dues and entertainment expenses in the budget. Later Friday, St. Jacob village workers were being called back after the village attorney suggested the town continue to operate even with the budget up in the air. Some trustees were concerned that a $1-million budget for a town of 11-hundred people was excessive and wanted to have a better control of costs.