The Buffalo City Council, at their Tuesday meeting, approved on first reading the annual appropriation Ordinance for the next fiscal year.
The $10.5 million budget bill is less than last year's $16 million budget, but last year's budget was higher due to a number of high-dollar projects the city was funding.
Mayor Randy Dyess said this year's budget reflects a “tightening of the belt” by all departments, and although the city normally budgets conservatively, this year was even more so than normal.
Dyess discussed the Ordinance at the council meeting.
After some discussion on the employee raises, whether or not they were “cost of living” raises, the council approved Ordinance No. 1348 on first reading.
According to Dyess, there will more than likely be a number of changes to the Ordinance before its third and final reading in June.