Killeen City Manager Ron Olson will bring the public up to date on the 2018 budget process when he gives his first status update during the Killeen City Council’s workshop meeting at 5 p.m. today.
Olson will present the council with current revenue projections for the city’s general fund.
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 on April 11.
During an exclusive interview with the Herald on March 4, Olson said city managers in the past 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.
After the revenue projections for the general fund are presented today, Olson said his staff would move onto enterprise fund projections, then begin piecing departmental budgets together.
The meeting is scheduled to begin at 5 p.m. at 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 council voted away its final review of platting maps to the commission in 2013 as a way to streamline development requests within the city. After the council critiqued multiple absences during commission meetings, Councilman Gregory Johnson requested April 4 that the council discuss retaking oversight because “the buck should stop at the City 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.