Iola City Council members will reconvene next week to finalize the citys 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 citys financial health; a looming health insurance premium hike that could be even larger than originally predicted; and how Saturdays Iola Register caused a much bigger headache for city leaders than was warranted.
By the end of Mondays meeting, Council members directed City Administrator Sid Fleming to cut $421,000 out of the citys 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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