If Kansas Gov. Kathleen Sebelius’s budget recommendations go through, the city of Pittsburg could be out close to $500,000.

If Kansas Gov. Kathleen Sebelius’s budget recommendations go through, the city of Pittsburg could be out close to $500,000.

At first glance, that money wouldn’t seem like a big blow for a city that boasted a 2008 budget of about $36 million, but Jon Garrison said the proposed cuts targeted specific areas of the budget.

“It’s certain revenues for specific items, and they’re eliminating 100 percent of it,” said Garrison, Pittsburg finance director. “As a percentage of an overall budget, it may not look like much. But the actual impact is greater than that percentage.”

Some of the funds that would be affected include the gas tax, which goes toward fixing city streets, and the liquor tax, which helps to fund the golf course and a variety of drug and health programs.

“There are a lot of activities that those funds go toward,” Garrison said. “That money funds the DARE program, Crawford County Mental Health and drug abuse programs at PSU.”

Garrison said those cuts, along with some trimming of the general fund, were estimated at $486,000 to $488,000.

“Those were our best estimates when her budget first came out,” Garrison said. “Right now, it’s just the governor’s recommendations, but it’s really all we have to work on.”

John Van Gorden, interim Pittsburg city manager, said Pittsburg city officials were already looking department-by-department to see where cuts could be made if needed.

“Right now, we know we have to cut, but nothing else is concrete,” Van Gorden said. “We have some things that we have to take a hard look at, but we won’t know any specifics for a little while.”

Garrison said the city would be keeping a close eye on any budget bills going through the Kansas Legislature.

“They’re still working on it,” Garrison said, “and we’re going to look and see where we can cut when we need to.”

Kevin Flaherty can be reached at kevin.flaherty@morningsun.net or by calling 231-2600 Ext. 134.