Fruita, Colo. (KKCO) Setting the budget is never easy, and for the City of Fruita this coming year means they have even less revenue to work with than in the past.
The budget was presented to the council at last month's meeting. Now council members are getting weekly updates on the budget to give them a more in-depth look at some of the funds for next year.
The general fund is the largest, and is down 4% for next year. As a result the city has to make some cuts. Council and department directors are working on making the cuts as minimal as possible.
"We all work together to make sure that those cuts are in the appropriate places and have the littlest impact as possible. When you’re cutting you're going to have impact, there's no doubt about that. We know that, but we're doing the best we can to make sure that the level of service that we provide is as good as possible," says Clint Kinney, City Manager for Fruita.
The city will have an open hearing for the budget on November 19th. At that meeting they will take public comments. If all goes well, they hope to adopt the budget at their first meeting in December.