City council set to approve new budget
COLUMBIA - The Columbia City Council is set to put the finishing touches on the city's budget for the 2015 fiscal year at its meeting Monday night.
Monday's meeting will mark the third consecutive meeting the council has discussed proposed amendments to the budget. The council last dicussed the budget at its most recent meeting September 2.
The council will hold a public hearing at Monday's meeting. The budget includes a 2 percent raise for city employees during the next year. It also includes a possible amendment that would raise sewage fees by 6 percent.
Another priority for the city would be raising the number of firefighters and police officers in the city. Amendments in the budget meant to pay for extra proposals include a potential hike in the cost of parking passes at city garages as well a possible increase in parking ticket fees.
City Manager Mike Matthes first presented the proposed budget earlier this summer. The city said the budget is expected to be approved at Monday night's meeting.
The 2015 fiscal year begins October 1. The council's meeting begins at 7 p.m. Monday. For a look at the council's agenda, click here.