Joplin city leaders are continuing work sessions focusing on the 2019 budget.
The proposed spending plan is set at $125 million dollars. That total includes a potential two percent raise for all city employees, phased in on their hire date. The budget is estimated to be lower than in 2018 due in part to the decreasing funds left from tornado recovery grants.
“We’re getting near the end of spending the federal money that we’ve gotten after the tornado – have to have that done by next year. And so it’s a lot of exciting things going on,” says Gary Shaw, Joplin mayor.
The Joplin council is currently in a second budget work session which began tonight at 5:45 at city hall.