Money is tight everywhere, from personal finances to those of local governments.
In Hannibal, funding that could total more than a half-million dollars outside the city’s normal operating budget is being sought. Included in those requests are …
• The Board of Public Works is asking the city to contribute toward rising costs by either paying for the utilities it uses ($170,000), eliminating a $30,000/year fee paid to the Collector’s office for handling BPW transaction, or possibly sharing some of the $400,000-plus the city will receive in new revenue next year.
• A proposal from Marion County 911 to resume charging the city for non-emergency dispatching. The cost listed in the proposal: $154,000. If the city decides not to come up with the money or can’t negotiate the cost down, Plan B could involve the city doing its own emergency dispatching. Estimated cost: $200,000-$300,000.
• The Northeast Missouri Sheltered Workshop, which currently manages the city’s drop-off recycling, wants to continue the program but can’t without help from the city. Cost to fund the program: $45,000-$75,000.
All are worthy causes, but the big question is: Where will the money come from?
The city isn’t rolling in dough either. It also contends with the rising costs, especially for things like health insurance.
And while the city may see new revenue, its property tax rate is still at $1.18 per $100 assessed valuation. That’s the same levy the city has maintained for several years. More power to the city for holding the line.
It will be interesting to see how the upcoming budget reflects the requests that have been made.