Blue Springs, Mo. – On September 18, 2017, the City Council adopted the FY 2017-18 annual budget of $68,336,425 effective October 1, 2017. The Proposed 2017-18 Fiscal Year Budget is available online at www.bluespringsgov.com.
The 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 FY 2017-18 City 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 .72% or $183,129. The personal services budget increases by 1.63%, materials and supplies are decreasing by .99%, contractual services increase by .45%, and capital outlay decreases by 14.31%.
- A reduction in full time employees of 3.65 bringing total employment to 318.64 full time employees.
- $2,850,000 for the construction of NE Roanoke Drive from Adams Dairy Parkway east to NE Porter Road.
- The closure of the Recycling Center located in Pink Hill Park at 4 p.m. on October 1, 2017, due to rising costs of operations. Residents are encouraged to contact their local solid waste hauler for residential recycling solutions or to visit www.recyclespot.org for regional recycling opportunities.
- $50,000 to support the Kansas City Area Transportation Authority (KCATA) commuter bus service from Kansas City to Blue Springs. This service will be reduced from four buses to three buses in order to better accommodate current ridership and create budget efficiencies.
- Implementation of the first year of the 5-Year Deferred Maintenance Parks Sales Tax.
- 22.3% of all City funding supports public safety efforts.
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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