Kirksville City Council approves 2018 budget

City council members approved the budget on its second reading Monday night. (KTVO/Ashley Hoak)

The City of Kirksville now has an operating budget for 2018.

City council members approved the budget on its second reading Monday night.

The approval came with a unanimous vote.

The budget for next year totals a little over $38 million.

According to city documents, it is an overall 5.2 percent increase from the amended 2017 budget.

City staffers say this budget integrates traditional service requirements with future planning goals and new policy initiatives suggested by personnel, citizens and council members.

One key point of the 2018 budget is the complete reconstruction of Illinois Street.

Public works crews say they plan to do that project in-house.

The city is also gearing up to begin work on a new aquatic center.

The existing aquatic center will then be converted into a community center.

City personnel say it is a relief to have this budget approved.

Council members as well as department heads have been working since August to piece together a budget.

Funding for the following functions and their respective % of the budget are as follows:

  • Water, sewer, trash and storm water services - 35%
  • Emergency services (including police, fire, and E911) - 18%
  • Public works, streets, codes and engineering - 17%
  • Central garage operations and self-insured medical and dental plans - 8%
  • Recreation services - 5%
  • Transportation services 4%

The remaining 13% of the budget is for community support, administrative services, information technology, economic development and support to K-REDI, downtown infrastructure improvements, economic development grant projects, lodging tax pass-through payments, and municipal court.

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