Ottumwa seeks help with finances

Ottumwa seeks help with finances (KTVO)

Ottumwa is turning to finance professionals in the community to help with its budget.

Council members asked City Administrator Andy Morris to form a committee of about six people to advise the city on funding and expenses.

Morris is recommending an advisory committee. That means members would not have legislative authority over the council.

These members will likely be employed at Ottumwa’s banks, insurance agencies or manufacturing companies.

"We have a manufacturers roundtable and I can just tell you based on my experience since we started that in the spring, there's some pretty good people on there that I think would probably be of benefit to us," Morris said.

So far, the city has picked out two possible contenders to serve on the committee.

Morris is hoping to have this group formed by the end of the year, and to launch it sometime next year.

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