WIUM Local
5:30 am
Wed January 25, 2006

City Council Still Working On Fort Madison Budget

Fort Madison, IA – The Fort Madison City Council is still searching for ways to fill a more than $300,000 general fund deficit. After 4 workshops, City Manager Bill Kelly has given the council members a lengthy list of budget cutting options to consider. He says the council must balance the budget through cuts that will benefit the financial future of Fort Madison. No firm committments have been made at this point. Kelly says the council hopes to adopt a preliminary budget in one month.

Potential budget cuts
Lay-off up to 3 firefighters
Lay-off up to 3 police officers
Lay-off Parks and Rec Director
Close Swimming Pool and/or Airport
Increase Fees
Create Business License
Fund Transfers
Hiring Freeze