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As Jefferson City continues discussing its transit system’s future, one option being considered is the establishment of a transit commission.
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.
When it comes to economic development, the measure of success isn’t necessarily what some might think.
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.
The Jefferson City municipal court is undergoing a state audit, something both the auditors and court personnel say simply is standard procedure.
Riders and supporters of Jefferson City’s transit system are continuing to speak out against a proposed cut in service. More than 25 people turned out for the city’s second public hearing on the proposed midday break.
Monday night will mark the start of a new Jefferson City Council, as three new members prepare to take their seats. First, the current council must act on several bills, including one to reduce the salary of council members and the mayor to $1 per year.
Jefferson City transit riders gathered Wednesday to voice their opposition to a proposed cut in bus service. Roughly 25 people turned out for the city’s first public hearing on a proposed midday break.
The Jefferson City Parks, Recreation and Forestry Department has more than $6.5 million in reserve funds after the completion of the city’s audit for the last fiscal year.
Jefferson City’s municipal court will switch Wednesday night court proceedings to earlier in the day starting June 1, partly in an attempt to save money.
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.
U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill met with officials with the Missouri National Guard on Wednesday to discuss the issues of sexual assault, suicide and behavioral health of military members.
Two newcomers - Ken Hussey and Carlos Graham - will join the Jefferson City Council, and incumbent Shawn Schulte will keep his seat.
Officials with the Jefferson City Area Chamber of Commerce presented their annual report to the City Council on Monday, detailing efforts made, funds spent and hours worked on economic development.
The Jefferson City Council will be seeking a facilitator to help advise them during the evaluation phase of the conference center selection.
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.
Incumbents in the 2nd and 4th wards both face challenges to their seats on the Jefferson City Council Tuesday, while the 3rd Ward will choose between two challengers to fill an outgoing councilman’s seat.
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.
One week after the city opted not to terminate its contract with JCTV, council members are continuing discussions on what the future may hold for the station.
One Jefferson City council member is considering whether to offer a bill to nearly eliminate the salary of the city’s elected officials.
Council approves tentative timeline for conference center selection
The Jefferson City Council is hoping to make a final decision on a proposed conference center by mid-summer.
E-mails note incorrect projections, falling sales tax revenues to blame
A series of city emails obtained by the News Tribune note incorrect projections and falling sales tax revenues are to blame for Jefferson City's $1.68 million shortfall in the current fiscal year budget.
But fund balance still within normal ranges, city officials say
Jefferson City’s fund balance has shrunk substantially in the past few months, but its current balance is not out of the norm for previous years.
Public works director was asked to step in as interim
Last month, Jefferson City Mayor Eric Struemph presented his evaluation of City Administrator Nathan Nickolaus’ job performance in closed session. The city’s public works director had been approached about replacing Nickolaus.
Jefferson City Ward 4 voters will make a choice in the April 2 general election between incumbent Bill Luebbert and challenger Carlos Graham.
The Public Works and Planning Committee has approved a recommendation to reconstruct a driveway that was modified as part of the East McCarty Street project.
The Jefferson City Council is continuing its efforts to try and select a developer for a proposed conference center.
No discussion before vote
The Jefferson City Council has approved $1.68 million in cuts to cover an unexpected budget shortfall that was revealed late last month.
Despite anticipation of a rough budgeting year ahead, the Jefferson City Council has opted not to terminate the city’s contract with JCTV.
In the midst of tackling a $1.68 million budget shortfall, Jefferson City officials are trying to address the morale of city employees.
The Jefferson City Council on Monday night is preparing to approve $1.68 million in budget cuts, which has caused some discussion about what city services are essential.
Every department in Jefferson City Hall is looking at cuts of some kind to help manage a $1.68 million budget shortfall, but some departments have been hit harder than others.
Proposed budget cuts the Jefferson City Council will consider on Monday have evolved through weeks of discussions and revisions. Some have been increased or decreased, eliminated from or added to the list of original cuts.
Jefferson City's Ward 3 voters will make a choice in the April 2 general election between Len Stella and Ken Hussey for the council seat currently held by Bryan Pope, who has opted not to seek re-election.
The Jefferson City Council will take action Monday on a resolution authorizing the termination of the city’s agreement with Lincoln University to run JCTV.
The Jefferson City Council sought to assuage any concerns of city staff about layoffs or furloughs, something city officials say will not be necessary to deal with the $1.68 million budget shortfall.
The Jefferson City Council has scheduled a special meeting for 8 a.m. Thursday to discuss budget issues, resignations and morale.
The Jefferson City Parks and Recreation Commission has approved budget adjustments to correspond with lower than projected sales tax receipts and the city’s $1.68 million budget shortfall in general revenue.
A second Jefferson City official has resigned today, in the midst of a $1.68 million budget shortfall.
Jefferson City Public Works Director Roger Schwartze has decided to resign from his post in the midst of a $1.68 million budget shortfall.
Jefferson City officials are expected to move forward next week with a plan to make up for a $1.68 million budget shortfall, which will initiate cuts to every city department and some city funded events.
In Jefferson City April election
Jefferson City Ward 2 voters will make a choice in the April 7 general election between incumbent Shawn Schulte and challenger Blake Markus.
The air traffic control tower at Jefferson City Memorial Airport may be closed in about a month, unless efforts to keep it operating are successful.
With more than 50 percent of the vote, James Branch has secured the 1st Ward seat on the Jefferson City Council.
The Jefferson City Council is struggling to deal with an almost $2 million budget shortfall and has yet to approve a plan of cuts proposed by the city administrator last week.
‘We are not without concerns’
Mayor Eric Struemph acknowledges he used a recent closed session of the Jefferson City Council to discuss his evaluation of City Administrator Nathan Nickolaus.
Ward 1 voters will have three candidates to choose from Tuesday - James Branch, Kolbie Ward and Chris Holsman - in Jefferson City’s only primary.