City of Republic OK’s $22 million budget for 2020

The Republic City Council unanimously adopted the city budget for the year 2020, which came in at more than $22 million, at the council’s Nov. 19 meeting.
The impressive total, however, is actually less than last year’s budget. Per information provided by the city, the 2020 total of $22,396,795 is a decrease of less than 1 percent of the 2019 budget.
The breakdown of the 2020 budget follows:
- General Fund (departments including administration, police, fire) - $7,928,449;
- Water Services Fund - $2,115,975;
- Wastewater Services Fund - $4,784, 832;
- Streets Fund - $1,793,523;
- Stormwater Fund - $299,573;
- Parks and Recreation Fund - $2,846,377;
- Fire Sales Tax Fund - $491,387;
- Capital Improvement Tax Fund - $975,000;
- Debt Fund - $1,161,679.
Prior to the passage of the budget an amendment was added by the board in the amount of $8,000 to purchase equipment for the Republic Historical Society per a previous arrangement.
No pedestrian bridge grant
It was also announced by City Administrator David Cameron that the grant that would’ve paid for a pedestrian bridge across U.S. Highway 60 in Republic was denied. That doesn’t mean the plan is dead in the water, however, as Mayor Jeff Ussery encouraged the city to continue pursuit of the build.

Other action
In other action, the board voted 8-0 to:
- Pass an ordinance to enter an agreement with Missouri Highways and Transportation Commission for a transportation study of Highway 60 in Republic. the cost to the city will be $50,000.
- Provide a letter of support for Wilson’s Creek National Battlefield grant application for proposed intersection improvements at State Highway ZZ and Farm Road 182.
- Approve the five-year capital program.

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