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First of two special meetings on the 2014 Rapid City budget takes place

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The first of two special city council meetings took place Tuesday night.

The purpose? To hear budget presentations from several city run facilities and departments.

What isn't in the 2014 Mayor's budget is money allocated to either renovate or reconstruct the Don Barnett Arena at the Rushmore Plaza Civic Center.

Brian Maliske, General Manager of the Civic Center says the study on the A.D.A. compliance of the arena is still ongoing.

But when the time comes, and since it's a city built facility, the city will need to set money aside in it's 2015 budget for the project.

"So I think 2014 would be too early for money to come forward. When that suggestion does come, it'll be the city that makes the decision where the money comes from and how much goes to what," says Maliske. 

Also during the meeting was a presentation from the Rapid City Public Library, who is asking for a 2.9% increase in funding.

Tess Franzen, a member of the library board of trustee's says $40,000 of those dollars are going to the security they recently hired.

She says having that presence has brought nothing but positive feedback from patrons.

"The culture has been changing and the Rapid City Police Department has been working with us to improve that culture. To do evaluations and work with the security and staff and board," says Franzen.

 The second meeting begins at 5 p.m. Wednesday evening at the City School Administration Complex.

On the agenda: a review of the budgets for the Airport, Police, Fire and Parks and Recreation Departments.

 

The city doesn't have to have a finalized 2014 budget until October first of this year.

 

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