PIERRE City Commission Passes Budget
Tonight, the Pierre City Commission passed the City’s 2019 budget.
The budget is balanced at $53.2 million. According to Pierre Mayor Steve Harding the City Commission is taking a very practical and conservative approach with the 2019 budget.
“We don’t have anything flashy built into next year’s budget,” said Mayor Harding. “Tax revenues have been soft; so, we’re focusing our budget on taking care of city properties, city assets, and city equipment.”
The $53 million will be used for operating expenses like street construction, recreational programming and purchasing electricity. The City also intends to replace several pieces of aging heavy equipment and to maintain its infrastructure.
Thanks to some state and federal grants, the City is able to continue park system improvements. In 2019, the City plans to reconstruct a portion of the multipurpose trail that runs through Steamboat Park near the amphitheater. This will extend the trail improvements completed in 2018.
The City’s budget runs on a calendar year. The majority of the City’s funds comes from sales tax, the rates paid for utilities, and a small property tax allotment.