Killeen city council approves budget

Kurtis Quillin reports.

KILLEEN - The Killeen city council has approved a budget for the upcoming fiscal year.

With the most recently-presented version of the budget still giving the city a $5.9 million shortfall, down from it's original $8 million.

Tuesday night, though, the city council looked at budget proposals with cuts to expenses including fleet vehicle replacements, cuts to the public library budget, eliminating city positions currently vacant but no new revenue sources were created.

The approved budget still comes up $1 million short, but Mayor Jose Segarra, who acknowledged the city isn't out of the woods yet, said that money will have to come out of the city's general fund.

"We'll probably be going through this process again," Segarra said.  "Hopefully we can get a jump on it and start this earlier so that way we can say, 'You know what, what is it that we need to do?  Do we need to raise revenue or cut expenses or cut services for next year?'"

The 2017 fiscal year begins Oct. 1 and the city was required to adopt a budget before Sept. 20.


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