By Philip Jankowski

Killeen Daily Herald

The city of Killeen's finances will be the dominant topic during a public council briefing today.

City administrators will present their first look at next year's fiscal budget, along with a quarterly financial report.

The briefing will mark the first of many presentations leading up to the budget's final approval in September.

The city's remaining two council members will be allowed to give input and ask questions, but the meeting will lack the requisite number of council members to field a quorum.

Five council members were removed from office in a recall election last November.

Glenn Morrison, interim city manager, "will be briefing council on what to expect in this year's budget development. This is very preliminary," stated Hilary Shine, city spokesperson, in an email.

The city will present the budget in July, for final approval in September. The new fiscal year begins Oct. 1.

This year's total budget for Killeen was a little more than $258 million, compared with $208 million for the previous fiscal year. Nearly all of the increase resulted from about $50 million in new spending for capital projects that began this year.

Some portions of the budget, such as the general fund, decreased in total expenditures. Drainage and utility expenditures also dropped about $2.5 million from fiscal year 2010-11 to fiscal year 2011-12.

Contact Philip Jankowski at or (254) 501-7553. Follow him on Twitter at KDHcrime.

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