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Bonne Terre passes budget

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Bonne Terre passes new budget

Shawn Kay

Bonne Terre City Council met Monday night in a special session to pass the budget for fiscal year 2020-21, which begins today.

City Administrator Shawn Kay said the council reviewed the town’s “bare-bones” budget that he initially proposed, and added a few capital improvements for good measure.

“I gave them a bare-bones budget of expenses you have to pay, like personnel, electrical, gas, salaries. And they added in a few capital expenditures on top of that,” he said.

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“When your revenues are the same amount as your expenditures, it’s pretty thin. Sales tax revenue has remained flat. Some court revenue has declined, but don’t know if that makes a difference, other areas have offset that.”

Some of the capital line-items the council agreed to include were equipment pieces like a new skid-steer for the public works department to replace a maintenance-requiring, 14-year-old model. They also agreed to purchase a zero-turn mower, 10 radios and two tasers for the police department, and a variety of nozzles, hoses, a gear rack and other pieces for the fire department.

“You buy all that stuff hoping it’s like insurance, and you never have to use it,” Kay said of the first-responder equipment. “It’s not a really frilly budget. There’s nothing really pretty in it. We don’t have a lot coming in and we have to be very fiscally responsible about what goes out.”

Some of this fiscal year’s expenses also include the capital outlay for the bridge project — three box culverts and a bridge on Allen, Buchanan and Oak streets and a $100,000 repair project at one of the wastewater treatment plants. Kay said at the wastewater treatment plant, a drum filter needs to be repaired.

"There’s nearly $1 million in capital expense, but that’s misleading because $660,000 is for the bridge project, and $500,000 of that is coming from a grant,” he said. “But we still have to budget it.”

Sarah Haas is the assistant editor for the Daily Journal. She can be reached at 573-518-3617 or at shaas@dailyjournalonline.com.

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