Keokuk City Council Begins Budget Process

Keokuk, IA – The Keokuk City Council has begun work on the city's budget for next year. Early numbers show a $900,000 deficit in the general fund, which includes the police and fire departments. Mayor Dave Gudgel says one proposal before the council could trim that deficit, through several large fund transfers, to just over $90,000. He says no money has been budgeted, though, for capital items such as vehicles and equipment. That means every time the city council approves a capital request, the general fund deficit increases. The council plans to devote its entire workshop, this weekend, to the police department. Gudgel says the focus will be on staffing levels, overtime, vehicles, and the Lee County Narcotics Task Force.