Crestwood Finances

Crestwood changes policy to take fewer bids

By Erin Achenbach  Staff Reporter eachenbach@callnewspapers.com The city of Crestwood just updated its purchasing policy, which had been untouched for 15 years. The Board of Aldermen identified the change as a 2018 priority in an effort to modernize and improve overall efficiency of the city’s operations. The new policy allows the city to purchase budgeted

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Crestwood aldermen give final approval to 2018 budget

The Crestwood Board of Aldermen voted 7-0 last week to adopt ordinances approving the city’s 2018 general fund and park and stormwater fund budgets. With the adoption of the two ordinances, approval of the 2018 budget is complete. Ward 2 Alderman Mary Stadter was absent from the Dec. 12 meeting. First readings of ordinances approving

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Crestwood first-responder pay competitive in region, Simpson says

The city of Crestwood has made significant strides in making the salaries of its police and firefighters “very competitive in the region,” according to City Administrator Kris Simpson. Representatives and supporters of the city’s Police and Fire departments jammed the city’s Aldermanic Chambers last week to voice their dissatisfaction to city officials regarding the amount

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Crestwood board won’t cut any slack to animal shelter nonprofit

“Call the Tune” by Mike Anthony Executive Editor news1@callnewspapers.com Crestwood Ward 1 Alderman Richard Breeding folded like a house of cards last week after Ward 3 Alderman Grant Mabie questioned his motion to reduce the rent a nonprofit group is paying the city. Discussing a five-year lease extension for the Friends of Animal Control and

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Crestwood commits Prop P funds to police, fire raises

Crestwood officials announced today that they are committing the city’s Proposition P revenue to the Police and Fire departments to make the salaries of officers and firefighter/paramedics more competitive and reward their performance. In April, voters approved the city’s 45-cent tax-rate increase Proposition C, which was advertised to voters as increasing police and fire salaries,

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Full amount of 45-cent tax hike levied by Crestwood aldermen

By Mike Anthony Executive Editor news1@callnewspapers.com Despite a projected general fund deficit of nearly $855,000, the city of Crestwood will end 2017 with a surplus in that fund after aldermen voted last week to levy the full amount of a 45-cent tax-rate increase approved by voters in April. The Board of Aldermen voted 6-2 Sept.

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Crestwood fiscal projections call for levying all of tax hike

By Mike Anthony Executive Editor news1@callnewspapers.com Crestwood City Administrator Kris Simpson projects the city’s general fund will have a cumulative surplus of $774,000 over the next five years, a scenario that includes levying the full amount of a 45-cent tax-rate increase approved in April. That’s a stark contrast to roughly a year ago when Simpson

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