Budget strategies to address serious financial concerns will be considered by the Killeen City Council at a workshop Tuesday.
Council members will get an updated look at some of the most pressing fiscal problems the city faces, including some that were unaddressed or deferred for years, such as how to fund street maintenance. Pay equity for city employees, the municipal retirement system and cost of living adjustments for retirees also will be reviewed.
General maintenance funding is expected to be discussed.
“(The) current maintenance budget can only address reactive issues,” a city memorandum states, calling it a Band-Aid approach, and says proper budgeting is needed.
The city has enough funding to cover only about 20 percent of projected needs for repairs and upgrades. Some of those needs include: indoor and outdoor painting; energy-efficient windows; LED lighting; flooring replacement; insulation; and security devices. Twenty-seven facilities will be needing roof replacement over the next 20 years.
Projected budget deficits to facility maintenance requirements will be addressed in a 38-slide presentation anticipated to be delivered to council members.
Discussion on the proposed $426 million bond issuance by the Killeen Independent School District will come up, as well what the city will need to do to support school improvements.
A potential city bond would cover at least four road projects surrounding a planned sixth high school on Chaparral Road near Featherline Road, the city has said.
The four projects include: expansion of Chaparral Road from two to five lanes ($21.5 million); expansion of East Trimmier Road south of Stagecoach Road from two to five lanes ($7 million); expansion of West Trimmier Road between Stagecoach and Chaparral roads from two to five lanes ($7.9 million); and expansion of Featherline Road between Stagecoach and Chaparral roads from two to five lanes ($9 million).
The total cost for all four projects is $45.6 million.
A bond proposal must be approved by council before being placed on the May ballot. The deadline to submit the bond paperwork is Feb. 16.
In other business, the council will consider:
• redirecting $209,248 of federal grant funding from a canceled Girl Scouts project toward restroom and entry renovations at the Bob Gilmore Senior Center
• an update from City Manager Ron Olson on bond refinancing
• revisions to Killeen Economic Development Corporation bylaws
Go to http://bit.ly/2lZtyPj to see the agenda.
The council will convene at 5 p.m. at the city’s Utility Collections’ Building, 210 W. Avenue C.
Herald reporter Kyle Blankenship contributed to this story.