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Quincy leaders frustrated with state's financial shortfall

Quincy Mayor Kyle Moore said the city will have to pay up for Springfield's lack of action. The possible total dollar amount is in range of one million dollars.

Quincy Mayor Kyle Moore said the city will have to pay up for Springfield's lack of action. The possible total dollar amount is in range of one million dollars.

Moore said after the city council meeting that this is a financial hit this year and next year.

"This is because of the state. Not anything we chose to do. We are trying to tread water because of the decisions made in Springfield," Moore said.

Mayor Kyle Moore said state revenue for the city will be short $134,000 this year and next year roughly $800,000 short.

The damage to Quincy's budget comes down to how the state's payments funnel in. Moore said local government needs to distribute funds in either 14 payments or 12. If 14 payments are made, that means two extra payments which are considered "late." Those two payments make the $134,000 figure mentioned earlier.

If the city does not get those two late payments, Moore added the hit to this year's budget is more like $600,000.

"We need real action in Springfield," Moore explained. "So when we are having this conversation in the next five or six months it's going to be easy to demonize the men and women of this city council it will be easy to demonize this office but this is a decision we have to make because of the inaction of Springfield. "

Moore and the council is already identifying solutions. For example, this year in the fiscal year budget there is a project for county-wide radios. This is a joint project with Adams County 911 and Quincy. It's budgeted for $650,000.

Moore said if the city gets hit with the brunt of the revenue cut this year, that project gets delayed a year.

If the 14 payments come through from the state, then savings on the project will absorb the shortfall. That's because the project was bid at $300,000.

Meanwhile, this could add strain to funding Skywest as the city's new Essential Air Service provider.

"We're going to have a very robust conversation. This won't be a conversation where the administration is going to lay a budget down on the aldermen and city's desk April 1st and ask them to vote for it a month later especially when it is going to enact massive massive cuts or increases in fees," Moore said.

Mayor Moore added the city will know in the next five weeks if there is a change with the EAS contract. That change will happen December 1.

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