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The Sedalia City Council expects to give employees a 3-percent raise, buy land and continue downtown streetscaping and establish a composting center in the new fiscal year.

The council met Monday at City Hall to review a budget, which it expects to adopt at its March 17 meeting.

The budget anticipates income of $12.7 million and expenses of $13.9 million in the general operating fund. The general fund had a balance of $6.9 million going into the fiscal year that begins April 1.

City Administrator Keith Riesberg said the city has collected more money than anticipated and spent less.

“That has resulted in a very positive situation for the city,” Riesberg said.

Riesberg said the city is projecting that sales tax will be flat, although that figure has continued to grow.

“We’ve been very conservative in our preparation of (the budget), but keep in mind things have been going well in our community,” he said.

Riesberg prefaced the meeting by telling the council that “just because it’s budgeted does not mean we’re going to spend it.” Some items still need justification before being purchased, he said.

A 3-percent raise was included in the budget. New hires will still start at the bottom of the wage scale, but the raise is needed to keep in line with the city’s newly adopted pay schedule. The city didn’t have its evaluation plan in place in time this year to grant merit raises.

“This is the last time I anticipate we would do an across-the-board ... raise for all employees,” Riesberg said.

The council is looking to set aside $500,000 for the purchase of land that could be used for a new community center or to meet the growing needs of the city identified by architects in a study earlier. It is also earmarking $1 million for the downtown streetscape project from Main to Third street and $1.2 million for a compost center.

The proposed budget also includes more money for electrical and gasoline costs across all departments, and $102,000 for computer equipment and software.

Some $200,000 is budgeted for a street sweeper. Riesberg said the city is working to fix one sweeper, but wants money budgeted if it is necessary to replace it.

Other budgeted projects include $650,000 for the reconstruction of State Fair Boulevard and $100,000 for an engineering study needed in anticipation of taking the north sewer plant off-line and turning it into a lift station.


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