The City Council will hold a work session on Monday, June 11 to discuss the financial sustainability report presented at the June 4 Council meeting. The work session begins at 5:45 p.m. and will be held in the Council Chambers on the fifth floor of City Hall, 602 South Main Street. The public is welcome to attend to listen to the discussion, as the format of the meeting does not generally include a public comment period.
For the last several years, City of Joplin’s budget has been facing financial constraints. The sustainability report is the result of Council requesting City staff to identify ways to increase revenues and/or decrease expenditures that would help improve the long-term financial stability of the City.
Finance Director Leslie Haase presented the sustainability report that focuses on the general fund, which is used to cover the general operations of the City. It is also the only fund of the City’s 24 funds that does not have restricted uses. With this charge, Haase brought forward 38 options that address specific items that could bring more dollars into the budget and/or streamline processes and policies for more efficiencies to reduce expenses.
“This report gives council the necessary information to review and determine ways we can become more efficient in order to have the funds needed for various items, such as a sustainable pay plan for all employees,” said Joplin Mayor Gary Shaw. “It is a complex issue, however we recognize the need to get this resolved and we’ll be working diligently to find funding sources to address this, as well as other items to provide long-term sustainability for our City.”
Please note the Council Chambers has a maximum capacity of 200 people according the Joplin Fire Code, and will be enforced by the Fire Marshal who will be in attendance. To ensure that all can view the meeting, it will be streamed live on the City’s website at www.joplinmo.org/councilstream, or can also be viewed on Missouri Southern State University’s KGCS-TV. City staff also reminds the public that no outside food or drink is allowed in the Chambers.