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Jefferson City Council to take up 2010 budget Monday
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Jefferson City Council

What: Voting meeting

When: 6 p.m. Monday

Where: Jefferson Civic Center


The Jefferson City Council will be taking a look at the budget for fiscal year 2010 when it meets for its voting session Monday.

For the past two months, the council has heard presentations from the directors of various city departments. Each department head presented a proposed budget for their branch for the upcoming fiscal year.

In the face of tight economic times, department heads already have tightened their belts to curtail excessive spending, but city administrators say they may have to cut even more.

The proposed budgets could look very different than what is eventually approved by the city council. Declining revenue generated from Local Option Sales Tax collections is forcing the city’s finance department to work more on the conservative side while generating a final budget to present to the city council. Monthly LOST collections have been lagging previous years’ revenue by more than $10,000 for nearly the past year.

In April, the city received $45,080 in LOST funds. At that time, finance director Amy Vaughan said that was the lowest amount the city had received since the beginning of the recession.

During Monday’s 6 p.m. meeting at the Jefferson Civic Center, members will discuss "project revenues and total requests." Although the council will be discussing the budget for FY 2010, it is not expected to adopt the final budget until Aug. 24.

The council is also expected to take action on a historic monument donation for downtown Jefferson, a potential Appalachian Regional Commission grant and declare several police vehicles as surplus.