Click here to listen to KMZU’s Ashley Johnson, speak with City Administrator, Connie Latimer.
Marshall City Council is scheduled to meet this evening at 5:15 p.m. The biggest discussion on tonight’s agenda, is the 2014-2015 budget. “They’re ugly,” said Latimer, “They are terribly ugly. We are looking at a deficit of around a half a million dollars, that is if we leave everything in there like we should do it. Now of course if the money’s not there we won’t be able to do it, but our street program this year is at $600,000 and our workers compensation premium is still pretty high. It’s just not very pretty. I think the exact numbers on it are $536,857 in the red.”
Despite the deficit amount, there are still certain projects that have to be done and items that must be maintained. “It’s not good,” Latimer said, “But it is what it is. I mentioned last meeting that there is no point trying to sugar coat it, if we do the things we need to do, this is what our budget looks like. The bad part about that is there is no room or figures in there for any demolitions of any kind or any lawn mowing that we’ve been having to do so much of. So I don’t know what we’re going to do on that side of the table.”
Many citizens go everyday without fully understanding the inner workings of a city or town. But just like many things, not understanding Marshall’s current situation, has upset quite a few residents. “I mentioned to a lady not long ago,” said Latimer, “She was talking about all the things that the city needed to do, and I said it’s just a matter of money. I said aren’t you retired and she said yes. So I said your income stays the same but your expenses go up, and she said yes. So I said, well let’s just say the city is retired, because that’s what happens to us too. I think people think that we don’t pay utilities and all that because we’re city, but that’s not true. Anything like that, anything that a household has that goes up, ours goes up right along with it except on a bigger scale. You know, sometimes you just have to put it in a different perspective. But we’ll deal with it and we’ll do the best we can with what we’ve got, and hope that it turns itself around.”