City Passes Appropriation Bill on First Reading

Buffalo City Council
Buffalo City Council

The Buffalo City Council, at their last meeting, passed the appropriations bill, or annual budget, on first reading.

Mayor Randy Dyess gave some highlights on Ordinance No. 1371.

Rounding off, the General City account will receive $864,000; protective services will get $1.9 million; streets will get $1.2 million; and the city has allocated $9.4 million towards capital construction.

City full-time employees will receive a 1% raise this year and hourly employees will get a 3% pay increase.
There is also a required retirment increase of .75% that employees will share 50% of the costs.

Severance tax money, set for the city by the state at $184,000 annually, is re-allocated to outside agencies such as CASA, the Buffalo Trails Board and the Chamber of Commerce.
The council allocated roughly $157,000 to the various agencies.

Optional one-percent funds were earmarked for agencies like the library, senior center and Buffalo Downtown Association, with the largest chunks going to the Boys and Girls Club at $50,000; the Buffalo/Johnson County Recyling Center at $40,000; and the YMCA at just under $34,000.

The council passed Ordinance No. 1371 on first reading, and will need to pass it on two more readings before it takes effect.

We will have a more in-depth look at the city's preliminary budget this weekend on sheridanmedia.com

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