Council set to OK budget, amendments

The City Council is expected to approve the 2012 budget Monday, plus several amendments offered by council members.

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Approval of the budget has been on the council’s informal calendar since budget work sessions concluded Sept. 8. Since then, five new amendments have been offered, seeking an additional half percent merit increase for full-time city employees, a reduction in proposed funding for the Jefferson City Area Chamber of Commerce, a reduction in what the city shows as revenue from sales and property taxes, and a reduction in transit subsidies, including eliminating a proposed new bus route.

Council members are expected to take up the amendments and approve the budget at the regular meeting Monday night.

In other business, there will be a public hearing Monday on changes to JeffTran route schedules. The transit system is planning on moving from a 30-minute route system to a 40-minute route system, to allow for more time loading and unloading passengers and help keep drivers from rushing through routes to stick to the schedule.

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