Growth and cuts plan

May 2, 2014 

Lee’s Summit’s proposed two-year plan to balance its ongoing operating costs with revenues in its General Fund includes some growth items and cut backs.

Here are some items in the coming budgets proposed by City Manager Steve Arbo.

Growth:

• $200,000 for economic development

• $140,000 in 2014-15 and $135,000 in 2015-16 for marketing the city (formerly called branding) overseen by the Lee’s Summit Chamber of Commerce

• $700,000 for encouraging retirements

• $83,000 for the last phase of wage increases to make specific city jobs competitive in the market

• $180,000 for Lifpack replacements (breathing apparatus for firefighers)

Cuts:

• $65,000 in pulbic service agreements with the Lee’s Summit Chamber of Commerce, Economic Development Council and Downtown Lee’s Summit Main Street Inc.

• $35,000 for boards and commissions, for example, the Arts Council and the Beautification Commission each will get $10,000 less than this year.

• $24,000 in city funding of the July 4 Legacy Blast fireworks show, instead finding private sponsors

• $70,786 by keeping police cruisers one additional year

• $564,171 for health care benefits by adjusting coverage, co-pays, etc.

• $23,000 by delivering city newsletter twice instead of four times annually

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