January 1, 2014 EditionAlso in this issue...
Hoxie sets budget
Hoxie City Council held a special meeting Monday to review and approve the 2014 budget for the city of Hoxie. Council members adopted the 2014 general revenues budget, salary budgets and small funds budget.
Mayor Lanny Tinker provided a summary of some of the major changes in the budget. He reported that the city will not pass on the cost of the sewer improvements to the citizens. The increase in landfill fees will also not be passed on to the residents, but trash pickup will be reduced to once a week starting in January.
The city will reduce the street department personnel by one full-time position. Code enforcement will be moved back to the Hoxie Police Department. No staff increase in the police department will be made to accommodate this.
The full-time fire position will be reduced to a part-time position, which will cover three days a week. This will not affect the department's service after hours or on weekends.
The city will only be able to provide a $5 per week raise for city employees for the year 2014 due to an increase in health insurance. The salary of the mayor will be reduced by $2,500.
Mayor Tinker expressed that the 2014 budget has required them to make some hard decisions. He explained that in 2013 income was down and expenses were up, and adjustments had to be made to keep Hoxie financially stable.
The total combined budget for general, street, water and sewer was set at $2,783,352.
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