Western Nebraska Observer - Observations all along the line - Kimball & the Southern Panhandle First

City budget planning nears its completion Unexpected expenses must be anticipated


Aleta Pearson

Aging hydrants similar to this one were replaced last year with more still that require replacement.

In the final budget workshop prior to setting the 2016-17 budget, the Kimball City Council balanced five departments' budgets without planned shortfalls, leaving those departments with little wiggle room.

Often a budget will appear to be made specifically to go into the negative, but, council members have explained in the past that if money is needed for something the expenditure must already be in the expense budget.

The trash department worksheet shows a total revenue of $188,800 with no tax allotments for the department while expenses total just $149,665, leaving a remainder of $39,135....

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