The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

June 28, 2013

Carthage council sets $8 million city budget

From staff reports

CARTHAGE, Mo. — A Carthage budget that sets general fund spending at $8 million goes into effect on Monday, the start of the city’s new fiscal year.

The City Council this week approved the spending plan, which was recommended by the council’s budget ways and means committee after a series of meetings with department heads and representatives of organizations that receive city funds.

Tom Short, city administrator, said total spending is estimated at $10.7 million, compared to $11.2 million last year. There is little change in general fund spending except for higher personnel costs, he said, even though the budget includes no increases in staff or city employee pay.  City personnel costs are projected to grow, because of rate increases for health insurance, workers’ compensation and contributions to employee pension programs.

“We’re looking at a 13-percent increase in health insurance and about 15 percent in worker’s compensation,” he said.