City leaders determine how to best spend your tax dollars

Kirksville City Council and staffers review proposed 2014 budget.

The Kirksville City Council and city staffers are trying to figure out how best to spend your tax dollars.

For several hours on Monday, councilmen met for a budget review session to go over the proposed 2014 budget, line by line, department by department with the city manager, department heads and other city officials.

The $37.5 million budget is about $4 million more than the 2013 budget.

City Manager Mari Macomber explained the main reason for that.

"When you see fluctuations in our budget by that much, it's typically due to capital projects,â?? said Macomber. â??Last year, we did the Schneider Performance Contract, which was $4.5 million. This year, we're going to do wastewater treatment. We're going to start working on the plant. What we have in the budget there is $7.5 million, so the difference really is that capital project."

Macomber said the 2014 budget has to be ready for a public hearing on December 2, 2013.

Residents can provide feedback then or online.

The city's 2014 budget has to be finalized by December 31, 2013.

It goes into effect on January 1, 2014, the start of the city's fiscal year.