Grand Island City Council to start a Budget Policy Committee

GRAND ISLAND, Neb. (KSNB) - Just one week after the grand island city council voted to approve new positions in different city departments, the mayor is questioning how they plan to pay for it.

The Grand Island City Council gets ready for their meeting and discussion about the new budget. (Credit: Alicia Naspretto, KSNB)

Mayor Roger Steele said from the beginning that the budget just didn't support adding all these extra positions. Tuesday night he proposed to the City Council starting a Budget Policy Committee designated to finding the money to support the jobs they approved.

This proposal was passed 5 to 2 with Mayor Steele making the deciding vote.

Council Members who voted against it said they didn't like the idea that only five council members would be on the committee. Those five include Council Members Jason Conley, Chuck Haase, Jeremy Jones, Vaughn Minton and Clay Schutz.

Mayor Steele said this committee was needed because the Council approved these jobs last week without saying how they planned to pay for them.

"We are obligated to find a stable, ongoing source of revenue to pay for, in this case, new employees," Mayor Steele told Local4 News. "We did not have that discussion last week. So I thought it was the best procedure to appoint a council to go through the numbers and find a revenue source to pay for the new employees."

The committee will be working closely with the City Finance Director to find the needed money.

Councilman Mitch Nickerson showed great support for the Mayor's proposal He had also said from the beginning there just wasn't enough room in the budget.

He and Council Member Chuck Haase were the only two to vote against approving the positions last week.