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Budget Discussion Dominates Russell City Council Meeting

Russell City Council 5-6-14Discussion of the fiscal year 2015 budget dominated Tuesday afternoon's Russell City Council meeting.

City Manager Jon Quinday presented a slideshow to the Council detailing all the city's varying funds and whether or not there will be any major changes from this year to next.

Quinday says the mill levy will go down very slightly – .6 points – but the city will actually take in more money because of increased property values.

A public budget hearing was scheduled for Tuesday, August 5 at 4:30 PM.

The capital improvement and equipment reserve plan for the next five years was also addressed.

Upcoming projects, which will each need to be approved separately in the coming years, include the resurfacing of South Highway 281 from Dorrance Street to Interstate 70, the purchase of a new trash truck, the purchase of a new public transportation bus and the continued updating of fire equipment and trucks.

Also Tuesday, by a 6-2 vote, Clarissa Bilbrey was given a two-year contract extension as the municipal golf course manager.

She originally requested a three-year extension, it was discussed to give her a one-year extension, but as Councilman GJ Long explains, the Council settled on two years.

Councilmembers Jim Cross and Blaine Stoppel cast the opposing votes.

CLICK HERE for the June 17 meeting minutes.

CLICK HERE for the July 1 special meeting minutes.

The July 15 meeting minutes will be made available when they are released.

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