TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW)__Working to reduce both a nearly 7 mil increase and a $5.7 million deficit in the 2014 Topeka city budget, city council members thought long and hard on how to balance the numbers.
Previously, council members decided to raise additional revenue by increasing franchise fees for Westar and Kansas Gas.
Tuesday night council members voted to give City Manager Jim Colson authority over an extra $500,000 in cuts to any programs within the general fund.
There was also a long discussion to delay $2 million in funding for a brand new fire station along SW 6th Street, but no vote was made on the matter.
The city has until August 25th to finalize the 2014 budget and right now, they plan to vote August 20th.
Personnel costs also factor into budget obligations. Council members approved a two-year agreement with the Fraternal Order of Police.
With pay increases and incentives, it adds $440,000 to the 2014 budget.