The Killeen City Council will receive a 2018 budget status update from City Manager Ron Olson at its workshop session at 5 p.m. Tuesday.
Olson is scheduled to provide a snapshot of the preliminary budget process with up-to-date revenue projections for the coming fiscal year.
Olson has said he is looking to change the city’s budgeting process by providing more in-depth updates to council members and also turning the budget creation on its head by requiring department heads to fit their individual budgets within projected revenue limits.
“That way I know I’m coming in with a balanced budget,” Olson told the Herald April 11.
According to Olson, previous city managers received departmental budgets that exceeded predicted revenues.
“I think what (city administrators) did is they went out to the departments and said ‘what do you need to operate next year?’ Then they looked at what revenues they had and said ‘there’s a big gap between those two things,’” Olson said March 4. “That’s the $8 million problem.”
In June 2016, former interim City Manager Ann Farris presented the council with a preliminary budget with an $8 million shortfall. After months of expenditure cuts, the council balanced the 2017 budget in January.
The workshop will begin at 5 p.m. Tuesday in the Utility Collections Building, 210 W. Avenue C.
In other business, the council will:
- Discuss retaking final review of city platting — or the drawing of property lines — from the city’s planning and zoning commission. The commission currently has final platting review with zoning and future land use map adjustment requests going before the council.
- Consider spending more than $114,000 from the Killeen Police Department’s state seizure account to pay for a slew of equipment including trauma kits and air respirators.