• July 25, 2014

Killeen council to get budget plan next week

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Posted: Tuesday, July 1, 2014 10:57 pm

Although the presentation of the city’s proposed budget for the upcoming fiscal year was on the Killeen City Council’s workshop agenda for Tuesday, the document won’t be presented to the group until next week.

“The draft budget is delivered to the City Council as an ordinance on a regular meeting agenda,” said Hilary Shine, city spokeswoman. “(The) council then votes to approve the receipt of the budget. Since this is a formal action, it can only be done during a City Council meeting.”

The ordinance is divided into three parts, with the council first receiving the proposed budget. City Manager Glenn Morrison then will brief the council on it. The council will vote on conducting a public hearing Aug. 5.

The city charter mandates the council set a date for a public hearing when it receives the budget. Council workshops following the July 8 meeting will include budget discussion items allowing city staff and the body to discuss items in-depth.

Shine said that residents can provide input to city staff and council members throughout the budget process, including the formal public hearing on Aug. 5.

Councilman Jonathan Okray, in an email to Morrison on Monday, requested that the accreditation of the library be considered during the budgeting process, along with Internet capabilities and equipment upgrades at the community center and senior center.

“I believe it is important for us to inculcate accreditation into the 2014-15 budget cycle,” Okray said in his email.

“Being a student and current user of a library that is fully accredited, I know firsthand the value and benefit of a fully functional, accredited library.”

The Killeen Public Library dropped its state accreditation in 2012, saying that it was found to be of “minimal benefit.”

In a previous report, Shine said the city opted to focus its efforts and resources on “quality services specific to the needs” in the community.

Library accreditation includes the evaluation and rating of a public library and allows the facility access to databases and other resources worth more than $350,000, according to the Texas State Library and Archives Commission.

Deanna Frazee, director of Killeen library services, said in a previous report the state accreditation “was not providing significant benefit to our patrons.”

In response to Okray’s email, Morrison said the item will be added to the council’s July 15 workshop agenda for discussion.

nstewart@kdhnews.com | 254-501-7555

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