Lee’s Summit Council Approves $59.4 Million Budget

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LEE’S SUMMIT, Mo. – After much deliberation, the Lee’s Summit City Council has approved its budget for the 2012 – 2013 fiscal year.  The nearly $60 million dollar allotment is up from last year.

“Some of the things we’re excited about is the ability to provide the same level of service despite a challenging economic set of conditions,” said city manager Steve Arbo.

Part of the plan allows for a two-percent, merit-based pay raise for city employees.  It’s the first time they’ll get a raise since the 2010 budget year.

“A large part of the operating budget is our salaries and so that two percent is a little over $700,000 in cost,” said Arbo, who added that about 80% of the annual budget goes towards personnel.  “So, that’s a very big decision to make of keeping the salary levels competitive but also knowing that it’s going to increase…

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