MORGANTOWN — Morgantown City Council ran through a full agenda during the May 16 regular meeting, including the first reading of a $2.7 million budget amendment and the second-reading passage of a potential change to the city’s charter — leaving publication and a public hearing as the final remaining hurdle.

Council passed the first reading of a budget amendment that includes a $2.8 million increase in the amount of one-time business and occupation (B&O) construction taxes collected in the current fiscal year.

The budget amendment also included, among other adjustments, a reduction of about $300,000 in the projected amount of user fee funds collected.

Finally, the last hurdle standing before a charter change pertaining to the city’s ward and boundary realignment process is a 30-day publication and public hearing.

Council unanimously passed the ordinance outlining the changes, which includes moving the deadline for the city’s ward and boundary commission report to Sept. 30 (from Nov. 15-30) and allowing the use of census data to be included in the process of equalizing the wards (instead of just voter registration data).

City Attorney Ryan Simonton said that if the notice is published this week, the hearing could be held during council’s second meeting in June. Council agreed to proceed in that direction.