NEOSHO, MO.--- The 2014 budget is around $15 million compared to last year's $17 million budget. Small decreases are being made in each department's budget to keep costs down and the city afloat. City officials say they are being cautious with the city's money.
"With what's going on with the legislature right now with those sales tax exemptions, we did go ahead and reduce all our sales tax revenue by about 6% just to make sure that we were being proactive. If some of that doesn't happen, we'll just leave it as is, and just increase through budget amendments as we need things," said Troy Royer, Neosho City Manager.
"We are wanting to make sure that we don't have to cut our professional services, such as police and fire. We are going to pull some reserves and I think that the police department is one area that we do need to at least purchase a vehicle or see about an additional officer," said Tom Workman, Neosho Council Member.
City officials say they might see an increase in revenue once the Love's Travel Stop opens up later this year. One more meeting to discuss the budget will be next Tuesday at 6 p.m. at the Civic Auditorium.
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