Blue Springs, Mo. – On September 24, 2018, the City Council unanimously adopted the FY 2018-19 annual budget of $69,971,102 effective October 1, 2018. The Proposed 2018-19 Fiscal Year Budget is available online at www.bluespringsgov.com.
The proposed budget represents the City’s continued effort to provide residents with high value municipal services in a fiscally responsible manner that is in alignment with the 2015 Strategic Plan Framework and the 2014 Citizen Survey. The City is currently conducting the 2018 Citizen Survey and those results will be included in next year’s budget. The City’s budget includes areas where new revenue sources will allow the City to address deferred maintenance in the City’s Parks system and other areas where operational expenditures must be reduced due to areas of minimal revenue growth.
Budget highlights include:
- General fund operating budget increases by 6.01% or $1,535,703. The personal services budget increases by 6.87%, materials and supplies are increasing by 1.86% , contractual services increases by 2.26% and capital outlay increases by 31.43%.
- The number of Full Time Employee’s will increase by 1.50, which adds one Deputy Court Clerk to Municipal Court and increases a part-time Risk Management position in Human Resources to a full-time position. Total FTE’s are 313.5.
- Proposed salary increases for non-union represented employees is 0% to 2% in April 2019. Employee raises for the FOP bargaining unit are subject to negotiation and that process is ongoing at this time. All raises are contingent on adequate General Fund revenues.
- Health insurance costs are increasing by 14.57% and workers compensation premiums are increasing by 43.91%.
- Maintain key services and quality of life programs.
- Continued allocation of Community Development Block Grant funds as prioritized by the Council for first-time home-buyers, property maintenance, and infrastructure with emphasis on investing in the Downtown District.
- All reserves, contingencies, and designated accounts are still maintained at required levels and approved City Council policies.
- Funding of the Street Pavement Maintenance Program will resume at $2.8 million.
- The second full year of funding Parks deferred maintenance projects at $3.9 million (a majority of this funding is going to a comprehensive renovation at Burrus Old Mill Park.
- Allocation of $347,000 for the third year of the sidewalk maintenance program.
- $85,000 from the CDBG funds to support Downtown Blue Springs infrastructure renovation.
Prior City Budgets can be reviewed on the City’s website at www.bluespringsgov.com either in PDF format or on the City’s OpenGov platform.
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