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W.P. city budget topic of Monday meeting

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The West Plains City Council will hold a special work session at 5 p.m. Monday at West Plains City Hall, 1910 Holiday Lane.
The work session will focus on the city’s budget for the 2022 fiscal year. Before the meeting begins, the council will allow time for public comments regarding the budget.
Overall, the city’s unrestricted operational spending is budgeted to end the 2022 fiscal year with about $2.6 million, or 91.74 days’ worth of cash on hand.
Utility operational and capital spending is budgeted to end the fiscal year with about $9.3 million cash on hand, or 118 days’ worth.
“Revenue budgeting for both city operations and utility operations was done very conservatively,” said city officials. “City operations is very dependent on sales tax revenue and utility operations is very dependent on the collectability of utility bills.”     
Before the work session, the council will hold two votes. The first will be on a proposed ordinance to authorize federal financial assistance and grant funding from the Missouri Highways and Transportation Commission to be used for construction of a railroad overpass on Independence Drive and the closure of the railroad crossing on Thornburgh Street.
The council will also vote on a resolution to approve an agreement with Samuel Anselm relating to his working conditions and other matters concerning his employment as incoming West Plains city administrator.
Anselm was announced as the new city administrator last week. He will take over the role held by Tom Stehn, who is set to retire on April 30.
The budget and capital improvement plan can be viewed online at www.westplains.gov/city-council.
For more information, call 1-417-256-7176.

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