Columbia's Proposed $430 Million Budget Goes Before Council
COLUMBIA - At a meeting of the Columbia City Council Tuesday night, members heard comments from the public about the proposed 2012 budget. It's Mike Matthes' first budget in his new job as city manager.
In it, he asks for $430 million to run city services. The total operating budget for 2012 is nearly 10 percent larger than that of 2011, but in it, there are several cuts and hikes.
Matthes wants city employees to see a 25 cent-per-hour pay increase. There hasn't been a pay raise for city workers in two years.
Some city services will also see hikes. There's a proposed 8 percent hike in water rates and a 15 percent hike in sewer service rates.
Per a study of Columbia residents, which showed dissatisfaction with road conditions, Matthes also wants an additional $600,000 for repaving roads in fiscal year 2012. That additional money doesn't come without a price. Nearly $3 million has been gutted from public transit in the proposed budget. That's a decrease in funding of nearly 27 percent.
You can read the full budget here.