CITY BUDGET: Des Moines Wants Residents’ Input

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The City of Des Moines is working on its budget and officials want residents’ input.

The city faces a two year budget shortfall of $4.4 million so is making a series of adjustments. It includes cutting ten unfilled positions from the payroll.

There are also a series of additions to the budget including the removal of 7,100 ash trees because of the invasion of the emerald ash borer.

The Grand Avenue Bridge downtown will also be replaced.

“We do annual inspections, engineering and structural inspections, and this is a bridge that is going to need to be replaced. So we’re just in the early stages now of doing the engineering for it and what’s the cost and the design going to be,” Rick Clark said.

Property taxes aren’t expected to increase unless a temporary franchise fee increase isn’t approved during a March vote.

The meetings are taking place Thursday at noon and at 6 p.m. Both will be held at the Des Moines Public Library downtown.