Casper City Council Approves Budget

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Casper -(KCWY) Casper city council approves the 20-14 20-15 budget for the new fiscal year starting July 1st.

"After 40 years of experience with own businesses budget, we had a pretty lean fighting machine of a budget,” said Casper Mayor Paul Meyer.

The 187 million dollar budget for the city of Casper sees minor changes from last year, but one change will put more money into city employees' pockets, bonus.

"It was 1,000 dollars straight up that it alone for a one-time bonus is almost a million dollars,” said Meyer.

Councilwoman Kenyne Schlager is confident about the budget, but says there is one reservation: if the one cent vote in November fails city officials will have to cut many department budgets in the 2015 2016 fiscal year.

"At this point in time there seems to be kind of an anti-government sentiment out there. The One Cent Tax is imperative for keeping our rates lower and keeping that budget in line,” said Schlager.

"The county and the outlying municipalities would suffer right out of the gate if the one cent failed, Casper it would take a year or two,” said Meyer.

In future budgets Schlager said new ways of allocating money will have to be examined, especially when it comes to construction and new projects
"I think it's time to look at other options that the city might have to make sure we are getting the streets improved and potholes fixed. I am not sure what's going on, but prices are so high the city is going to have to take into their own hands and get the work done in an affordable manner,” said Schlager.

Councilman Keith Goodenough was the only vote against the budget. Some on council say there was no reason for a dissenting vote.

"There are members that just vote no because they can,” said Schlager.

"It's unfortunate that when people are up for reelection they start making decisions based on trying to make sure they are trying to get re-elected,” said Meyer.