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Mayor Engen discusses Missoula budget process

Posted at 9:49 AM, Aug 21, 2019
and last updated 2019-08-21 11:49:37-04

MISSOULA — The Missoula City Council nearly unanimously passed the 2020 budget earlier this week – and what a difference a year makes.

This year saw an overall easier process when compared to the last budget discussion.

Last year’s budget hearing lasted almost until 2:30 a.m., but this time around the budget was approved by 9:30 p.m.

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Mayor John Engen told MTN News that budgeting is a lot easier when there's enough money to fulfill everyone's requests.

“When you have more money it's easier to navigate right? Being in the position of trying to satisfy a request for more with the same or very little additional revenue is tough it's challenging,” Mayor Engen noted.

Missoula residents should see better snow plowing with the new budget thanks to money for three pickup trucks with mounted snow plows. The budget also allows for five new personnel additions to the street maintenance team and another city engineer.

Click here to view the preliminary City of Missoula budget for 2020.