Paducah city commission approves city budget, purchase of building for police dept.

Paducah city commission approves city budget, purchase of building for police dept.

PADUCAH, KY (KFVS) - The city commission in Paducah, Kentucky met on Tuesday, June 16.

They approved a city budget for fiscal year 2016 and the purchase of property for the Paducah Police Department.

The city's fiscal year begins on July 1. City Manager Jeff Pederson thanked the board and the department heads and staff for their work in compiling the budget.

"It's a major undertaking at all levels of the organization," he said. "Of the major revenue sources in the general fund, payroll tax and businesses license fees are projected to experience negligible increases for the upcoming fiscal year while the insurance and premium tax is projected to decline slightly. This is a flat budget year."

Compared to the current year budget, revenue is projected to increase by $90,000. Appropriations for the upcoming fiscal year from the general fund are projected at $32.46 million.

The Paducah Board of Commissioners also introduced an ordinance to buy the property at 1408/1410 Broadway for $175,000 to be  used by the Paducah Police Department.

This property is adjacent to the department's headquarters and will provide the department with an additional 3,705 square feet of office space.

At a meeting on June 2, the board approved the purchase of the parking lot at 1414 Broadway for $24,000.

That property is adjacent to the property talked about at the June 16 meeting.

At the May 5 Budget Workshop, Police Chief Brandon Barnhill talked about the need for additional space with the proposal to buy the building and parking lots next to the existing police headquarters.

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