Public welcome to attend Monday council work session, budget discussion

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Community-members are encouraged to attend the City Council budget work session Monday where council members will discuss the first draft of the fiscal year 2020 budget.

"The budget is one of the most important issues that affect our citizenry," Steven Sapp, director of community relations, said. "Itís how their tax money is invested into everything from employee compensation to roads and utilities, transit and everything that we do as a touch-point to our citizens as part of the budget process."

During his State of the City address, Interim City Manager John Glascock encouraged community members to attend the budget meeting. Council members will discuss employee wages among other city budgeting concerns.

Glascock called city workers the "core" of the city during his address. He said the budget will tackle compensation rates that are below market data rates, according to previous Missourian reporting.

The council will also discuss unappropriated and savings money, utility rate timeline change, utility priorities for fiscal year 2020 and a utility financial presentation, according to the meeting agenda.

Sapp said it's up to the council's discretion whether it will take public comment during the meeting. In the past, council members have not. Public hearings, however, will be held beginning in August.

The meeting will be from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Monday in the council chambers at the Daniel Boone City Building. A light breakfast will be served from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. in conference room 1A/1B.

For those who can't attend, the meeting will be livestreamed on the city website and will be broadcast on Charter Spectrum 992 and Mediacom channel 80.

Supervising editor is Libby Stanford.

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