Council orders additional budget cuts

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August 13, 2019 - 10:38 AM

Iola City Council members will reconvene next week to finalize the city’s 2020 budget, but only after an additional $421,000 worth of spending is pulled from the plan.

The edict came following an hour-long discussion over myriad topics, including the city’s financial health; a looming health insurance premium hike that could be even larger than originally predicted; and how Saturday’s Iola Register caused a much bigger headache for city leaders than was warranted.

By the end of Monday’s meeting, Council members directed City Administrator Sid Fleming to cut $421,000 out of the city’s general fund budget for the upcoming year, which Mayor Jon Wells warned could affect such things as recreation programs, the library and Bowlus Fine Arts Center.

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