The Jefferson City budget committee made its way through the first round of department presentations for the 2022 budget cycle Thursday evening.
Presentations included the public works, public safety and administration budgets, which combined makes up the majority of where funds go.
Most didn't change much from the 2021 budget. It is projected to be a $64,629,892 budget. About $33.8 million is considered general fund money and goes to departments.
The public works department includes eight divisions with a total of $22,349,083 from the general fund.
These include the street department with $3,447,474 and wastewater with $12,057,848 as the two largest budgets.
The majority of each goes to personnel with the second largest amount going toward materials.
This year, the airport budget is anticipated to decrease because the city will no longer need to pay to staff the air traffic control tower, which will be 100 percent federally funded.
The public safety department includes police, animal shelter, a school resource officer, 911 call center and fire for a combined $19,817,728 from the general fund.
The Jefferson City Police Department is expected to receive $8,303,469 and the fire department $8,195,517. The animal shelter, school resource officer and 911 call center budgets also fall under the police department, which those combined are $11,624,075.
Once again, the budgets are largely made up of personnel expenses with the second largest amount for each going toward repairs and maintenance.
The budgets under administration are largely services in city hall for the other departments such as finance, IT and legal. It also include municipal court.
Combined, the administration budgets account for a total of $4,529,240 from the general fund.
Besides personnel, the largest expense for each is contractual services, except for the human resources and IT departments, where it is repairs and maintenance.
The committee will meet again Thursday to look at Planning and Protective Services; Parks, Recreation and Forestry; and miscellaneous budgets.