PITTSBURG — The Pittsburg City Commission approved the city’s proposed 2018 budget at its regular meeting July 25.

The budget was presented to the commission by City Administrator Daron Hall and Director of Finance Jamie Clarkson earlier in July, giving the commission — and residents — time to review the budget, as well as raise questions or concerns. The city’s proposed budget was approved by the commission 4-1, with Commissioner Chuck Munsell voting against approval.

Now that the commission has approved a proposed budget, a public hearing will take place at the August 8 meeting of the commission.

“Now that the budget has been approved by the commission, the public will have a chance to look at it,” Hall said. “They will have the opportunity to bring any concerns to the public hearing August 8.”

If no concerns are brought forward, the commission will vote to accept the proposed budget.

The budget includes the addition of a public relations and marketing position.

“We’ve talked about a marketing position for a while,” Hall said at the first July meeting. “Now I feel like we’re in a place where we’ve got some really exciting things to begin marketing to potential businesses and residents.”

Hall also reported that for only the second time since 2009, 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 budget is available on the city’s website, www.pittks.org. Along with outlining expected expenditures — from department, maintenance and other costs — it highlights housing initiatives and revenues.

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