Paducah Commissioners get Budget Preview
Paducah City Commissioners got an overview of the projected budget for the next fiscal year at last night’s meeting. City Manager Jeff Pederson says the coming year will be challenging because revenues will likely be flat. The city is seeing a slight increase due a rise in the payroll tax, but those gains are offset by declines in the insurance premium tax. Pederson says he expects General Fund revenue gains to only be about 1 percent over last year. However, several expenditures are also expected to rise. They include employee wage increases, fuel and insurance costs, and mandated contributions to the state pension fund. They total around 6 hundred and 62 thousand dollars. In other commission news, Paducah Mayor Bill Paxton presented the city’s highest honor, the Mayor’s Award of Merit, to LowerTown Arts and Music Festival co-director Michael Terra. In making the presentation, Paxton said volunteers like Terra are what makes Paducah great.