Nebraska City Mayor Jack Hobbie said city department heads were asked Friday to cut unnecessary expenses for the last month of the fiscal year.
City Administrator Joe Johnson said the move is precautionary to maximize the city's financial position over the next 24 days until the new fiscal year begins.
The city has scheduled a special budget meeting at 3 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 9, at city hall, but the mayor said the meeting is not directly linked to Friday's action, where the hours of seasonal and part-time employees were called into question.
The mayor said the city did not order any hours cut, but asked department heads to consider if seasonal and part-time hours could be deferred until the start of the next fiscal year.
“There are no layoffs. No jobs have been cut,” said Johnson. “This is just precautionary. We are ensuring that the tax dollars of the citizens of Nebraska City are spent appropriately,” he said.
Hobbie said the city is not experiencing a situation where department heads have overspent their budgets, but the city is interested in lowering expenditures as much as possible for the final month of the fiscal year.
“We're saying that, if you can hold off part-time hours, or not mow as much, or hold off a purchase as we wind down the year, we would appreciate it,” the mayor said.
Johnson said the Sept. 9 budget meeting will concern next year's budget, rather than the current year.
He said the rural fire department's contribution for a new fire truck has ended and there are merit pay increases for city employees yet to be figured into next year's budget.