Kirksville City Council proposed a significant budget increase for the year 2014.
The proposed 2014 budget for Kirksville includes $37.5 million in expenses and $24 million in revenue, with the difference coming from a multi-million dollar bond for water treatment facility upgrades voted on earlier this year.
The new budget features an increase of about $4.3 million. $7.5 million would be allocated toward upgrading the city’s wastewater treatment facility and improving the sewer systems.
Kirksville City Manager Mari Macomber says the budget will be impacted the following year also.
"Subsequently next year we will have additional work," Macomber said. "We expect the wastewater treatment plant to cost at least $16 million to complete. Probably a little more than that when it’s all said and done.”
A public hearing for the first reading of the 2014 budget is Dec. 2, 2013, and the final reading will be Dec. 16, 2013. Both meetings are scheduled at 6:00 p.m. in the city hall council chambers.
Kirksville Financial Director Lise Fuller says the budget proposal didn’t come without departments taking preliminary cuts first.
“Supplies, travel, training--those types of things all received some cuts in order to meet our capital improvement projects and keep our funds balanced,” Fuller said.
The budget must be approved and in place before Jan. 1, 2014.