Public hearing on 2014 Prairie Village budget set for Monday

Prairie_Village_LogoCompared to recent years past, the run up to approval of next year’s Prairie Village city budget has been relatively smooth sailing.

With much of the financial tumult that was present during the depths of the Great Recession having calmed, the city finds itself looking at more predictable revenues for 2014 — and the council was able to come to tacit agreement about this year’s spending plans without the gnashing of teeth over spending cuts or possible tax increases that marked the debate a few years ago.

This year’s budget, which will come up for formal approval at Monday’s Prairie Village City Council meeting, calls for city services and tax rates to remain steady from the previous year. In deliberations that informed the development of this year’s spending plan, the council tacitly agreed to include $250,000 to fund improvements to city parks.

Prairie Village residents will have their chance to make their voices heard about this year’s proposed budget at Monday’s City Council meeting, which starts at 7:30 p.m. at Prairie Village City Hall.