Kirksville Council approves 2019 budget, reappoints three LPRC members

Monday night, council members were asked to approve the 2019 budget for a second time. (KTVO File)

Kirksville City Council members have been busy making final preparations for 2019.

Monday night, council members were asked to approve the 2019 budget for a second time.

The budget was approved on its first reading on December 3.

But, the document could not be officially adopted until was approved on its second reading.

Council voted to approve the budget with a unanimous vote.

According to city documents, the 2019 budget includes aggregate expenditures of $45,881,789.

That amount is an overall increase of 53.4 percent from the 2018 budget as amended.

Funding for the following functions and their respective percentage of the total budget are:

  • Water, sewer, trash and storm water services - 31 percent
  • Emergency services, including police, fire and E911 - 17 percent
  • Public works, streets, codes and engineering - 14 percent
  • Recreation services - 13 percent
  • Central garage operations and self-insured medical and dental plans - 7 percent
  • Transportation services - 4 percent
  • Community support, administrative services, information technology, economic development, infrastructure, grant projects, lodging tax-pass through and municipal court - 14 percent

Infrastructure improvement and capital replacement in the amount of $19.91 million is included in the respective funds and represents 43 percent of the total budget allocation.

In addition to approving the 2019 budget, council also voted to approve the reappointments of three Kirksville Lakes, Parks and Recreation Commission (LPRC) members.

The LPRC is an advisory board to the city council.

There are three positions on the commission that are recommended by external organizations: Kirksville R-III, Kirksville Baseball/Softball Association and Kirksville Rotary Club.

Nan Davis is the Kirksville R-III's representative, and has served since December 2015. Yvette Amerman and Dan Green are city appointees.

Green has served since December 2010, and is a retired teacher; while Amerman has served since January 2010, and is the forester with the Missouri Department of Conservation.

Davis, Green and Amerman have been reappointed to serve a three-year term, which will expire in January 2022.

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