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8/5/2013 - Commission shores up budget decisions
Salina Newsletter

Commission shores up budget decisions

Although they didn’t address funding for the Salina/Saline County Health Department, members of the Salina City Commission agreed informally on some matters related to the 2014 budget at a Monday study session.

The commissioners agreed to postpone a decision on funding for the health department, which has been a controversial issue since the building at Seventh and Elm had to be abandoned more than a year ago because of a faulty roof. The topic has become even more controversial in recent weeks as members of the Saline County Commission have contemplated making it strictly a county-run facility.

However, the city commission did informally agree on several budget items, including $175,000 to the Salina Area Chamber of Commerce for economic development (the same amount as last year); and $556,300 for the CityGo public transportation program (the same amount as last year, but less than the $622,000 requested).

The commission also gave informal approval to certain fee increases, including a minimum $10 fee for taking refuse to the landfill. The commission decided to reconsider water and wastewater rates in November.

The formal budget adoption is scheduled for Aug. 12.