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Kearney City Council begins budget talks

Kearney City Council
Kearney City Council(Alicia Naspretto, KSNB)
Published: Jul. 6, 2021 at 5:05 PM CDT
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KEARNEY, Neb. (KSNB) - It’s budget season in Kearney and the City Council heard its first budget proposal Tuesday morning.

That proposal came in at roughly $28 million more than last year for a total cost of $127,642,070. That includes money for several new full and part time positions.

Most of those jobs are going in the city’s new tennis court and they are also adding two new police officers.

The city’s Financial Director Wendell Wessels said the city was affected briefly due to the pandemic, but in the end the budget still worked out.

“A lot of cities throughout the country got affected, especially on sales tax revenues with some of the businesses being closed down in March and April,” Wessels said. “But we rebounded, we’re doing pretty good right so in the end I think we’re going to come out just fine.”

Wessels said they city also received American Rescue Plan and CARES Act funds. Most of that money will be going towards several different projects at the Kearney Airport.

“The CARES Act money was mostly for airport projects so we’re using that to do some terminal upgrades, some taxi way upgrades and some parking lot upgrades out at the airport,” Wessels said.

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