Jefferson’s planning and development department is set to take a major financial hit in 2010, according to the proposed budget.
The department’s tentative budget for 2010 calls for a 37 percent reduction – the largest percentage reduction so far among the city’s departments. In 2009, the department was budgeted for $388,978; in 2010, the department is slated to have a budget of $243,536.
City manager John Ward said since the department is an enterprise fund, its budget is supported through fees and services offered directly from that department. But with fewer building and inspection permits being issued, revenue for the department has dramatically fallen, too.
The budget also reflects the fact that Arcade recently left the Quad Cities Planning Commission, which was supported by the department. Jefferson and Talmo now operate a joint planning and development department, with Talmo expected to fund $8,805 next year.
The department will still include two full-time employees, Ward said.
For more details on the Jefferson City budget process, see the June 17 issue of The Jackson Herald.