Buffalo Council Approves Funding For JOCO First

Randy Dyess
Randy Dyess

The Buffalo City Council has voted to give $25,000 to JOCO First to fund a shortage in their budget for the remainder of this fiscal year, until their funding comes through for FY 2019 in July.

According to Randy Dyess, Vice-Chairman of the Kaycee-Buffalo-Johnson County Economic Development Joint Powers Board, who oversees the Bomber Mountain Civic Center and JOCO First, the issue with the budgetary shortfall is unforeseen expenses at the Bomber Mountain Civic Center, which has taken money from JOCO First and left a shortfall in funding.

Mayor Mike Johnson, who also sits on the KBJ Economic Development Joint Powers Board, said he believes moving forward there needs to be a plan put in place that will separate the economic development and marketing from the buildings they manage, so everyone has an understanding of what each requires as far as funding and the benefits that each brings to the city and the county.

JOCO First had originally asked Johnson County and the city for $25,000 each to get them through the end of the fiscal year.
The county commissioners approved their share earlier this month, but the city council had postponed a decision until their last meeting.

Mayor Johnson and councilmen Scott Madsen and Travis Lawrence voted to approve funding, and Councilman Dan Hart voted against it.

Councilman Wes Haskins was absent from the meeting.


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