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Kirksville council reviews draft of 2018 budget

Kirksville City Council members met in a study session meeting for nearly 3.5 hours Monday night. (KTVO File)

One Heartland city is one step closer to finalizing its budget for the coming year.

Kirksville City Council members met in a study session meeting for nearly 3.5 hours Monday night.

They used that time to review a draft budget for 2018.

City staffers have been in planning mode for the past few months.

Council members have met with department heads to discuss what should and should not be included in the budget.

Kirksville City Manager Mari Macomber says right now, the budget for 2018 totals $38 million.

She says that this year, the task of piecing together a budget has been a bit easier.

"Many of the things that had been discussed [Monday night] had already been discussed by the council. A few things came up that hadn't been discussed, but just very few things. To be able to plan ahead and have those important conversations before you present the budget is really helpful and important."

Key aspects of the 2018 budget include: replacing the downtown water tower (commonly known as the ATSU water tower), a complete reconstruction of Illinois Street and replacing the current fuel system at the Kirksville Regional Airport.

The Kirksville Police Department also has plans to hire four additional officers in the new year.

City documents state that due to an increase in calls for service, an increase in resident population and an increase in regional travel in and out of town - the additional officers are a necessity.

Kirksville staffers add that a public hearing and a first reading of the budget will take place on December 4 during the city council meeting at 6:00 p.m.

On December 18, council members are expected to officially adopt the budget for 2018.


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