Council pares $420K out of budget

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August 20, 2019 - 11:03 AM

Iola City Council was in full penny-pinching mode Monday, eliminating a number of line items necessary to close a projected $420,000 gap in the city’s general fund.

Council members ultimately approved, 6-2, Iola’s 2020 spending plan with a few caveats. If budget numbers come in better than expected — and if a looming hike in health insurance premiums comes in below projections — some of the cuts may be rescinded, such as an elimination of pay raises based on merit or longevity. Council members Ron Ballard and Gene Myrick were opposed.

Approval came Monday, following an occasionally heated discussion on a number of topics, ranging from cell phone stipends and credit card fees to a larger philosophical debate on what future budgets will look like.

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