Jefferson City Budget
City administrator’s budget lays out cuts, new procedures
Jefferson City is facing another dismal fiscal year, and City Administrator Nathan Nickolaus said people likely will feel the effects in the more basic city services. Last week, Nickolaus revealed his draft of the 2014 budget, which is the first step in a months-long process to get to an approved budget.
Concerns raised about ‘false expectations’ of administrator’s draft
For the first time, City Administrator Nathan Nickolaus is expected to release his 2014 budget draft publicly when he submits it to Mayor Eric Struemph later this month.
A City Council-approved cut to the budget of Salute to America turned out to not be a cut at all. Though a $5,000 cut was approved, the event still is receiving the full $10,000, with half of it being transferred from a special events fund.
Fixed vs. flex
As Jefferson City looks to continue its discussions on the future of its transit system, one city official has brought up the idea of switching the type of system the city operates to a flex-route system, rather than fixed routes.
Who’s driving the bus?
Jefferson City is looking to re-evaluate its transit system and see if changes need to made. Several other Missouri cities operate transit systems using a variety of methods and funding mechanisms.
Jefferson City staff are well into planning for the 2014 fiscal year, with City Administrator Nathan Nickolaus expected to give his proposed budget to the mayor by May 15.
Jefferson City municipal government will see more savings than anticipated through its early retirement program, with 11 city employees taking part.
The Jefferson City Council has approved a resolution restoring $55,000 to the city’s transit division and avoiding a three-hour midday break in service.
After approving a series of budget cuts and lowering sales tax projections to deal with a $1.68 million budget shortfall, Jefferson City’s sales tax numbers still are not meeting projections.
Councilman looks to offer resolution
The Jefferson City Council likely will take action Monday to restore funds to the city’s transit division and avoid a midday break in service.
Public hearings set for this week on transit system
Planned cuts to Jefferson City’s transit system have riders and supporters mobilizing. A proposed break would stop all transit service, including Handi Wheels, from 11:20 a.m.-2:40 p.m. each day.
Jefferson City officials are discussing a possible cost-share agreement with the school district to continue after-school tripper routes on the city’s transit system.
With own funding source, city department was in unique position
Because of the Jefferson City parks sales tax, the Parks Department largely maintains its own operational budget, with very little general revenue. That situation meant it had little to fear in terms of cuts.
An arresting debate
The Jefferson City Police Department is dealing with cuts to overtime to help make up a city budget shortfall, but some community members would rather see cuts to the number and size of the department’s cars.
The Jefferson City Council will discuss a proposal to nearly eliminate the pay for city elected officials, but whether the bill will gain momentum is questionable.