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Monday marks last day for Columbia City Council to approve fiscal year 2024 budget


Monday is the last day for the Columbia City Council to approve the fiscal year 2024 budget before being forced to go into a special session.

This comes after the final budget hearing out of the three scheduled was held on Sep. 5.

The budget will officially go into effect starting October 1, so members will have less than two weeks to approve it, if not approved during Monday night's meeting. During City Manager De'Carlon Seewood's budget address in July, he noted the city anticipates spending about $533 million.

As part of the proposed budget, the council plans to increase funding used to prevent violence in the area from $50,000 to $100,000.

New funding is also expected for next year's budget.

That includes putting money toward six firefighters, three fire engineers and three fire captains for fire station 10 that is expected to open sometime next year.

That money would also be used to ensure the appropriate gear is available.

Funds are also expected to be used toward the updated agreement made between the Columbia Board of Education and the Columbia Police Department regarding school resource officers.

The meeting is set for 7 p.m. at City Hall.

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