Watkins releases 2010 budget

Thursday, July 30, 2009 | 12:26 p.m. CDT; updated 11:26 a.m. CDT, Tuesday, August 4, 2009
City Manager Bill Watkins speaks to members of the press and public about Columbia's new budget.

COLUMBIA — City Manager Bill Watkins released a city budget for fiscal 2010 that anticipates no growth in sales tax revenue and calls for spending 3 percent less than in 2009. The proposed budget would spend a total of $403,341,494, down from $415,908,244 last year. If approved, it would mark the first time since the mid-1980s that the city has cut total spending from one year to the next.

Watkins proposed about $800,000 in fee increases for services provided by the health department, recreation programs and development charges. Rate increases for city utility customers will raise average monthly residential bill by $8.70. The budget proposes adding only two employees to the city workforce, which Watkins said would be the smallest increase in city workers since 1999. City employees also will pay higher health insurance premiums and will see reductions in overtime benefits and unused sick-leave reimbursements. They would get no raises under Watkins' spending plan.

To get a first-hand look at the budget, go to the city's Web site at Check back with as more information becomes available.


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Charles Dudley Jr July 30, 2009 | 1:44 p.m.

Thank you Mr Watkins for not putting the Adapted Community Recreation Program that has been located at Paquin Tower since 1973 on this list of the primary budget cuts.

Ref: Page 278 of the FY2010 Budget.

Personnel services have been reduced (1.5 full-time positions and
$100,000 in temporary salaries). Other reductions include
significant decreases in materials and supplies (7%) as well as
contractual services (10%). Budget does reflect operating all
aquatic facilities at the same hours of operation in 2010 as in 2009.
Adapted Community Recreation program is budgeted at
the same level as FY 2009.

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