The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

June 10, 2013

Carthage budget set for first-round review

From staff reports

CARTHAGE, Mo. — The Carthage City Council today is expected to take first-round action on a budget that estimates the city’s general fund spending at nearly $8 million for the fiscal year that begins July 1.

Most city activities are financed through the general fund and the budget recommended by the council’s Budget Ways and Means Committee trims spending by more than 2 percent.

The budget also calls for no  staff additions or salary increases for city workers, though total personnel costs are estimated to grow by about $200,000 to $6 million for the year.

The committee is recommending the city pick up the costs of higher personnel costs, including an expected 13 percent increase in group health insurance costs, a 15 percent increase in workers’ compensation insurance rates, a 10 percent increase in city contributions to the police and fire pension program and a 12 percent increase in pension costs for other general city workers.

 The council meeting is set for 7:30 p.m. in City Council chambers. Final action on the budget is set for June 25, with the spending plan to go into effect July 1.