City of Grandview’s 2014 budget tweaked

GRANDVIEW – Even with several expenditures tacked on to a draft of the 2014 budget the Grandview City Council reviewed two weeks ago, there will be more money left in the reserve account than originally was expected.

That was the news delivered by Grandview Treasurer Matt Cordray at a special meeting last night (Tuesday).

Two weeks ago, Cordray presented the preliminary 2014 budget for the city of Grandview. At the time he said the city’s current expense fund in 2014 was anticipated to increase less than 1 percent over 2013.

Since then, though, city staff has recommended additions to the 2014 budget, including $2,000 for the maintenance of the police department’s shooting range.

Another recommendation that’s been added to the 2014 budget is $25,000 more to be set aside for the construction of a new museum. The budget presented two weeks ago had earmarked just $175,000 for that project.

Cordray has also added to the 2014 budget an architectural study for a new police department facility, as well as restrooms for Westside Park.

He said a total of $65,000 in expenditures was added to the preliminary budget, but the reserve account will total about 20 percent of the budget.

The Grandview City Coun-cil had asked that reserves remain at 15 percent or better.

The additions increase the proposed budget for the city from $16,974,640 to just more than $17 million.

Councilman Jesse Palacios said he would like to see more funding set aside for capital improvements. He recently traveled to Texas. The trip inspired him, he said.

Palacios, noting the number of projects Grandview has completed in the past few years, said he would like to see additional projects underway to continue the forward momentum.

Mayor Norm Childress said, “We have a balanced budget…if a project comes along we can dedicate funds for such a project.”

The other council members agreed, stating they would like to move forward with the current budget and make amendments if a new project is presented.

Childress also noted union negotiations are not yet complete and there may be a need to amend the budget to pay the salaries of employees.

“Once we get our union negotiations settled, we’ll know if we can approve additional recommendations,” he said.

The Grandview City Council later held a public hearing during which there were no comments from citizens.

The council anticipates it will adopt the budget at the Tuesday, Dec. 10, regular meeting.

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