New Interim Topeka City Manager Talks Budgeting

By: Suzie Gilbert Email
By: Suzie Gilbert Email

TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) -- Tuesday night's (6/5) Topeka City Council meeting was the first under new Interim City Manager Pam Simecka.

The former Finance Director for the city is focusing on implementing a new budgeting process. Simecka says she's looking at the city budget like a forest, trying not to weaken the city by cutting the trees.

Simecka says some hard decisions are ahead, and that Topeka could have fewer services to offer in the future, but that it's all up to the City Council. Simecka says she'll let Council members make budget decisions by prioritizing, funding the departments they find most important. That means dropping some services altogether, but not cutting everything. She says trimming the trees makes them weak.

It's a budgeting process she calls a balanced scorecard, something that the City Council will talk more about in the future. Simecka says its the key to keeping essential service for Topeka strong.

Also Tuesday night, Council members approved demolishing a home in the Holiday Park National Historic District. They also approved improvements to the Fire Academy building, and a new boiler for the Topeka Zoo. They'll pay off the projects in three years instead of 20, which was traditionally the practice. The moves saves money on interest.


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