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What's The Frequency: Big budget decisions on tens of millions of dollars in spending underway at Sioux City School District, city of Sioux City & Woodbury County

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In this week's episode of Welcome to What’s The Frequency we dig into the extended process by the Sioux City Council, Sioux City School Board, and Woodbury County Board of Supervisors to set budgets for the next fiscal year ahead.

Those entities are led by people elected to determine funding and spending for key programs that deliver crucial services such as education in the Sioux City School District, plus law enforcement, housing and social services, streets and roads, libraries, economic development, parks and recreation spaces, and much more.

To piece all that spending together, the city council members, county supervisors, and school board members will tap into property tax revenues, plus sales tax, state and federal funding, plus other resources.

In Iowa, those budgets need to be set by mid-to-late April for the 2024-25 fiscal year ahead that begins in July. Budget deliberations began in January, and a lot of hard decisions lie ahead to finalize the financial blueprints.

Discussing where those budget talks stand about two-months-in are Matthew Ung, the chairman of the Woodbury County Board of Supervisors, Bob Padmore, the City Manager for the city of Sioux City, and Rod Earleywine, the Superintendent for the Sioux City School District. They also are watching ongoing work in the Iowa Legislature, to see if any bills impact things like teacher minimum salaries and or funding to counties and cities.

Click on the audio link above to hear the entire show.

*What's The Frequency, Episode 7.

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