As the New Year begins, Osage Beach has a new operating budget in place, but it wasn’t an easy accomplishment. Despite holding a number of staff workshops prior to submitting the spending plan to the Board of Aldermen, it still met with some opposition. The budget did not pass first-reading on the night it was originally scheduled, meaning after another review meeting, the plan had to be submitted for first and second readings at the last meeting in December. By state statute, the budget has to be approved and in place before the calendar year ends. Even the additional meeting, however, didn’t alleviate all the concerns of the aldermen. Both readings ended in a tie vote, with three board members in favor and three opposed. The budget was passed with a tie-breaking vote cast by Mayor John Olivarri.