Budget time begins for FD Council

The Fort Dodge City Council will begin working on the 2014-2015 budget when it meets Monday.

The council meeting will begin at 5 p.m. in the Municipal Building, 819 First Ave. S., with a closed door session on labor negotiations. The state’s open meeting law permits such sessions so that officials can discuss ongoing talks with labor unions.

The labor session will be followed immediately by a budget workshop in the Municipal Building.

The city’s next fiscal year begins on July 1, 2014. However, the state requires cities to submit their budgets in mid-March, so work on the spending plan begins months before the start of the fiscal year.

On Monday, City Manager David Fierke and his staff will present proposed budgets for the Public Works Department’s central garage, the road use tax, the sanitary sewer system, the water system and solid waste collection.

The council’s regular business meeting will begin at 6 p.m. in the Municipal Building.

Included on the agenda is a plan to reduce some recent sewer bills for CJ Bio America, because the company didn’t start sending wastewater to the city for treatment until late October.

Approving an agreement for the completion of some new houses in the Lincoln neighborhood and hiring a new police officer are also on the agenda.