Neosho Fire Department to operate as usual without grant - KOAM TV 7

Neosho Fire Department to operate as usual without grant

Neosho Fire Department to operate as usual without grant


Currently, the city of neosho's total debt is $28 million.and now the city is planning for their 2014 budget without a large grant assisting the fire department.

"We have to look at what it takes to run a department on a daily basis, and because of the type of work we do, there's always the unknown. So you have to figure in a little bit more just to be safe." says Neosho Fire Department Chief, Mike Eads.

Due to a financial collapse in the city's budget since 2009 the Neosho fire department received a federal grant of roughly 400 thousand per year to operate.

The grant expired in July....leaving officials to re-adjust the budget accordingly.

While there is still debt that lies in Neosho, the fire department doesn't plan on letting them affect them. The fire chief says they plan on operating as usual, with or without this grant.

City mayor Richard Davidson says they knew the grant was about to expire, which is why the city began preparing reserves for department.

"We had already planned to build reserves enough to more than cover the amount of that grant. So for 2014 it pretty much means status quo. There's no need to cut or eliminate jobs." Davidson says.

About $15 million of the 28 million dollar debt is related to current and past water projects, which can be repaid with fees. The remaining amount comes from taxes. But the city is not concerned.

Davidson says "what we're proposing for 2014 restores us to a level we feel confident we can maintain to deliver the citizens what they should expect."

"We're ok. But again, you never know with budget talks how that goes." Eads says.

The 2014 fiscal year budget will go into effect on October 1st.

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