FD council to start budget talks

The Fort Dodge City Council will begin working on the 2019-2020 budget when it meets Monday.

The 2019-2020 fiscal year doesn’t begin until July 1, but state law requires cities to have their budgets done by mid-March.

Faced with that requirement, the council will have a budget workshop beginning at 5 p.m. Monday in the Municipal Building, 819 First Ave. S.

Proposed budgets for the water and sewer systems will be reviewed. Also, spending of the road use tax fund, which is the city’s share of gasoline taxes and vehicle registration fees, will be discussed.

The regular council business meeting will begin at 6 p.m. in the Municipal Building. During that session, the council is expected to award contracts for removing the dams on the Des Moines River. It is also expected to award a contract for rebuilding a stretch of Eighth Avenue South next year.