WIUM Tristates Public Radio

City Council Approves Keokuk Budget

Mar 15, 2013

Keokuk’s budget for the upcoming fiscal year is on its way to the state.

Keokuk City Council

The city council approved the nearly $24-million spending plan during a special meeting Thursday afternoon.

No one attended the public hearing held prior to the vote and no one from the city council commented on the budget during the five-minute meeting.

The spending plan is about $3-million less than the current budget, primarily due to less work scheduled at the airport.

Finance Director John Russell says the property tax rate will decrease by about nine cents and there will be no changes to staffing levels.

There is money in the budget for police vehicles, new tractors and mowers and a dump truck, but the city chose not to set aside money for employee raises with union contract negotiations still underway.