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Over the next few weeks, civic leaders will continue to pore over the details of City Manager Mike Matthes’ proposed annual budget, in advance of an expected vote by city council in September.
The $414 million budget for 2014, which was unveiled in July, reflects Matthes’ insistence on ending deficit spending from the city’s general fund. Some of the changes announced in the budget include hiring three additional police staff, retooling the city’s public transit system, and cutting funding to CAT-TV. This also comes as city leaders discuss whether the police department needs to add new officers, and how to find money to pay for them.
This week on Intersection, we’ll take a closer look at the proposed budget, find out what it could mean for Columbia if approved, and talk about some of the other issues facing the city.
Mike Matthes, Columbia city manager