Emporia's economy is getting stronger.
That's the assessment from City Manager Mark McAnarney on KVOE's Talk of Emporia on Monday.
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McAnarney says city leaders are emphasizing a five-year budget approach both for the overall document, which has to be sent to the state by Aug. 25, and individual departments. Most of the budgeting is finished at the department level.
With valuation numbers up one percent from last year, McAnarney says the goal is to hold the mil levy flat for city residents. Another talking point is to have enough money available for a 2.5 percent salary increase, depending on the guidance of department heads.