“This proposed budget is both cautious and conservative,” said Chillicothe City Administrator Dean Brookshier in a letter released to the media Tuesday night.  The 2011-2012 budget includes more than $11.7 million in revenue and $12.8 million in expeditures.  “Sales tax revenues have been budgeted flat using the same numbers as last year.  The expenditures include going into reserves for several projects including a one-time payment to MoDOT in the amount of $1.5 million for the Route V Bridge/Polk Street project, $200,000 for the Leeper Demolition, and $452, 291 for the Fire Department Expansion,” said Brookshier.

The current economic climate could be to blame for many cutbacks seen in city budgets around the region.  Brookshier said Chillicothe is no exception.  “This is my 4th city budget and without a doubt, it has been the most difficult.  With the economic situation being what it is, all departments have been very conservative in their requests,” adds Brookshier.

Council is holding a public hearing on the budget next Monday at 6:30 p.m.