COLUMBUS – The Columbus City Council held a second budget work session Aug. 12 to further discuss the proposed FY16 budget. They were able to make substantial cuts by removing an amount set aside for matching funds for a grant for Golden Triangle Regional Airport.
“When we left Monday we were at a proposed deficit of $222,000 if you agree to the suggested cuts,” said Chief Operations Officer David Armstrong. “If you look at the sheet, where we are if we don’t do any cuts at all is a deficit of $1.7 million. If you look at what we have today, we can get the deficit down to $63,813, which is pretty close. It’s about as close as we’ve ever been except for one year I remember.”
Armstrong said that Ward 3 Councilman Charlie Box’s suggestion that he look at the matching funds for a revenue guarantee grant at the airport really helped bring the number down.0