Ste. Genevieve, Missouri has cut more than $100,000 for the next fiscal year - and more cuts are possible in upcoming meetings.
The depletion of the economy, along with lower sales and extra money spent last winter, has city officials cutting funds for next year's fiscal year budget.
Ste. Genevieve City Administrator Martin Toma says the city has carried over $400,000 in their general funds reserves for several years.
He says with taxes rising, the general sales have not matched the rising costs like years before. And, with last year's harsh winter, Toma says they had to dip into their reserves due to all of the maintenance on the roadways and the costs along with cleaning off the roads of all the snow and ice.
If the city continues on its current track, next year's projected general revenue fund cash would be around $126,000.
That's compared to over $400,000 in years past.
The city has continued to make cuts to bring that figure in the $200,000 range.
Toma says the cuts won't be very noticeable. Cuts are being taken from a number of areas including police overtime allowance, no new vehicle purchases, reducing marketing in their tourism department, possibly eliminating new road projects and street repairs.
Toma says the cuts are an effort to keep Ste. Genevieve going and to avoid depleting their emergency general revenue funds completely.
The funds are also used all the time to help other areas out such as the park department and other departments which have their own budget. Toma says hopefully this will help the city rebound due to the depletion of the economy and hopes sales will pick up in the city to help revenue increase and also help the general revenue fund for the following year.
Not all businesses in town are struggling with the economy.
Station 2 Cafe co-owner Beth Caldwell says their sales have risen every year since they opened over four years ago.
Caldwell says buying items from gift shops and other stores isn't as essential as having food in your stomach. She knows people need to eat and they have established a bond with locals that constantly come back to eat there.
Caldwell also says they help give back revenue for the city as much as possible by buying their foods and supplies here locally in town so the money constantly circulates in the city.
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