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Kingsport BMA facing tough choices on 2015 budget

May 12th, 2014 11:16 pm by Matthew Lane

Kingsport BMA facing tough choices on 2015 budget

KINGSPORT — In order to balance next year's city budget, the members of the Kingsport Board of Mayor and Aldermen were presented with a number of options Monday evening.

None of them good.

City leaders held a marathon budget work session Monday evening in which Kingsport City Schools presented its proposed $68.4 million budget, followed by City Manager John Campbell's overview of city finances for the coming fiscal year.

Kingsport's 2015 budget has to be approved by June 30. The BMA plans to continue budget discussions Tuesday at 3 p.m. at city hall.

For Monday's meeting, Campbell and finance staff prepared a balanced budget with no property taxes or fee increases.

To meet that BMA assumption, staff had to cut out employee raises from the proposed budget, reduce the amount allocated for paving ($750,000 to $550,000) and cut the money Kingsport gives to special programs (such as the Kingsport Ballet, Kingsport Tomorrow and Keep Kingsport Beautiful) by 30 percent.

However, the most dramatic reduction would be in the elimination of 23 current positions within the city.

For an expanded version of this article, please see Tuesday's print edition or our expanded electronic edition.

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