At their meeting Tuesday evening, Dec. 29, Slater City Council members approved the city's 2010 budget, which totals $3,698,300.
The budget is $372,800 less than in 2009, Assistant City Administrator Gene Griffith said. This is because the city's $400,000 lease-to-purchase agreement for water plant renovations, which was in the 2009 budget, is not in the 2010 budget.
Items funded in the 2010 budget include the city's street program, the continued removal of substandard houses, a new police car, additional equipment for the police and fire departments and $7,000 for a new roof on part of the library.
Griffith said the city cemetery continues to spend more money than it brings in.
"We'll have to do an adjustment some time," he said. "We're going to have to figure something out."
But, he said, no rate increases are planned for city services like trash pickup and water.
In his report, Mayor Stephen Allegri said about 800 people attended the Kansas City Southern Railroad Holiday Express (the Santa Train) when it came to Slater Tuesday, Dec. 15.
"We're thankful for them to come and hope they keep coming back," Allegri said.
City council member Ron Monnig reported on the city's Web site statistics for the year. A total of 11,930 people visited the site, viewing 36,967 pages, he said. Traffic to the site increased around the times of events in Slater.
"I think those numbers are really very good for a town of our size," he said.
Council members Terry Jordan, Cathie Jeffries, Matt Campbell and Harry Lightfoot were also present at the meeting.
The council's next meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, Jan. 19, at 7 p.m.