PITTSBURG — The Pittsburg City Commission was presented with the city’s submitted 2018 budget at its regular meeting Tuesday.

City Manager Daron Hall and Director of Finance Jamie Clarkson presented the submitted budget. The commission will look over the budget, as well as meet with Hall, Clarkson and any involved city staff to discuss any changes to the budget before the next meeting July 25.

Hall said the budget includes the addition of a public relations and marketing position, as well as information on housing projects like Block 22 and others.

“2018 will see the first real progress in our housing initiatives,” Hall said.

Hall also reported that for only the second time in 10 years, the assessed value of Pittsburg did not decrease. It increased 6.5 percent. He said the average wage in the city also increased 2 percent, and the poverty rate declined.

The submitted budget has been posted on the city’s website, and the commission encourages citizens to review it and bring any questions or concerns to the commission before July 25.

In other business, the commission approved the conditional use of a property at 102 W. Monroe. The property will be used as a parking lot for a business to be established by Six Pack, LLC.

Clarkson also presented a bi-monthly budget review of the city’s finances to the commission.

— Chance Hoener is a staff writer for the Morning Sun. He can be emailed at choener@morningsun.net or follow him on Twitter @ReporterChance.