COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - Colorado Springs Mayor Steve Bach has unveiled his proposed budget for 2014.
The mayor's 2014 general fund budget proposal totals $245.6 million dollars, $13.8 million dollars more than his 2013 budget proposal.
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The city says the extra money would be used on capital improvement and public safety projects and includes funding cuts to city administration, as well as the elimination of nearly 100 non-public safety city jobs.
In a news release, the city says the increase is allocated according to the following priorities expressed by the citizens and toward the mayor's goals of creating jobs, transforming city government, and building community:
The City says it continues to pursue additional grant funding to address recent flooding and to mitigate the impact of future flooding. Bret Waters, director of the Office of Emergency Management, told KRDO NewsChannel 13 the initial estimate of damage to public roads, parks and trails is $10 million to $13 million. That is not in the budget.
Chief of Staff Laura Neumann said the city will wait to see what money FEMA will provide then they will likely reconvene next year to decide how to pay for the rest of the damages.
Mayor Bach's 2014 budget proposal will be presented to the city council in a series of four work sessions scheduled for October 10, October 11, October 14, and October 15.
City council will host an e-town hall public meeting about the budget proposal on Thursday, October 17. The meeting is scheduled to run from 5:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. and will take place at city hall, 107 N. Nevada Avenue.