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  • City gets midyear budget update

  • In one of the shortest city meetings of the last several months, the Pittsburg City Commission heard an update on its budget situation.



    According to city finance director Jon Garrison, the city is well on its way to meeting budget. In fact, revenues are up well above projected receipts.

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  • In one of the shortest city meetings of the last several months, the Pittsburg City Commission heard an update on its budget situation.
    According to city finance director Jon Garrison, the city is well on its way to meeting budget. In fact, revenues are up well above projected receipts.
    While some of that is from increased fuel sales at the airport and additional receipts of special assessments, the majority of that increase is in public utilities, which saw a jump of eight percent year over year. The city had budgeted for an increase of 3-4 percent.
    That puts the city up a total of about $500,000 in revenues.
    The expenses side is, at least on paper, a different story. Ultimately, the city has shelled out about an additional $716,000 in expenses this year.
    But that requires a bit of explanation. The city commission has approved of close to $882,000 in economic development loans, which are counted as an expense. The city has also had a reduction of $191,000 in overlay costs. Once small increases in water meter costs and fuel purchases are factored in, the expenses have increased by $716,000.
    Furthermore, the city has also seen an increase in the sales tax revenues. The budget had only an increase of 3 percent factored in, but the city has seen a 6.6 percent increase so far this year.
    Commissioners asked how the budget so far has affected those portions of the city that are subsidized. Garrison said that the three subsidized locations were the airport, the aquatic center and the golf course.
    The airport, he said, would need to be subsidized less this year thanks to the additional fuel sales. He said the aquatic center is “going to be” subsidized less than previous years, and the golf course would see some money from the liquor tax and the general fund.
    Commissioner Marty Beezley said she was glad to see the results at the airport, among other results.
    “I want to give a thank you to the local pilots for fueling up out there. We’ve had a lot of discussions, and they said they would spend their money here, and they are spending their money here,” Beezley said.
    In other action, the commission:
    • chose Dave Holloman and Wes Streeter to fill the remainder of two vacant terms on the Planning and Zoning Committee.
    • approved a facade grant for Carl Ulepich, owner of the property at 206, 206 1/2 and 208 S. Broadway for $1,400 to improve the awning over Signet Coffee Roasters.
     
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