City Administrator Jeana Woods said the fiscal year 2018 budget represents a 6.31 percent decrease from 2017, and said the shift is mainly because of several one-time capital improvement expenses in 2017 that won't reoccur in 2018.

The city of Osage Beach is a step away from approving a 2018 budget that reflects a decrease from the current year's budget.

The board of aldermen approved first reading of a $28.56 million budget Dec. 7, and will consider the second and final reading at its final regular meeting of the year on Dec. 21. The 2017 budget is $30.49 million.

City Administrator Jeana Woods said the fiscal year 2018 budget represents a 6.31 percent decrease from 2017, and said the shift is mainly because of several one-time capital improvement expenses in 2017 that won't reoccur in 2018.

There were no comments made during a public hearing held at the Dec. 7 meeting.

Actual estimated budget for 2018 is $28,567,665 compared to $30,493,804 for fiscal year 2017 which wraps up Dec. 31, a difference of $1,926,139 less.

Overall, there are decreases in the general, sewer, Lee C. Fine and Prewitt's Point TIF funds. Increases are planned in the Capital Improvement Fund (CIT), transportation, water, ambulance, Grand Glaize Airport and Dierbergs TIF funds.

Personnel expenditures are projected to increase by 1 percent.

Woods said the one-time capital projects completed in 2017 were at Peanick and City Parks, city building facilities including a new HVAC (heating ventilation and air conditioning) system at city hall, sewer lift station improvements and a major Lee C. Fine taxiway project.

For 2018, capital investments aren't as large but include bleacher replacements at Peanick park, a new water well on the west side of Grand Glaize Bridge, various road construction projects including sidewalks on Dude Ranch and Mace Road Phase I, and a seal coat project at Grand Glaize Airport.

Within the general fund, department cuts from 2017 to 2018 are:

City Clerk -- down 7 percent

Building Maintenance -- down 40 percent

Parks and Recreation -- down 27 percent

Emergency Management -- down 53 percent

Economic Development -- down 2 percent

Human Resources -- down .69 percent

Within the general fund, department increases from year to year are:

Mayor & Board -- up 3 percent

Collector -- up 4 percent

City Administrator -- up 3 percent

City Treasurer -- up 20 percent

Municipal Court -- up 5 percent

City Attorney -- up 3 percent

Building Inspection -- up 12 percent

Overhead -- up 19 percent

Police -- up 5 percent

911 Center -- up .3 percent

Planning -- up 4 percent

Information Technology -- up 32 percent

The percentages have been rounded either up or down.