KEYSER - The Keyser City Council will hold a work session to go over the proposed budget for 2018-2019 on Wednesday, March 7, at 4:30 p.m.

By Liz Beavers
lbeavers@newstribune.info
Tribune Managing Editor
KEYSER - The Keyser City Council will hold a work session to go over the proposed budget for 2018-2019 on Wednesday, March 7, at 4:30 p.m.
City administrator Randy Amtower told the council members this week that he has been working on the budget and feels he is “about $150,000” over the projected revenue.
“There’s going to have to be some cuts come from somewhere,” he said. “It’s not at all pretty.”
Amtower also took the opportunity to assure city workers that the proposed increases in PEIA insurance which state workers have been fighting over the past few weeks will not affect the city’s employees.
“It doesn’t have anything to do with us,” he said. “There is PEIA for state employees and there is PEIA for non-state employees. We are non-state employees.
“There will be no PEIA increases for the 2018-2019 budget.”
Amtower, along with the mayor and council members, will go over the proposed budget on March 7, and will then approve the final draft at their march 28 regular meeting.
Once approved, the budget will be transmitted that night to the West Virginia State Budget Office.
In other items brought before the council this week:
 - Police chief Karen Shoemaker reported her department had handled 463 calls and/or complaints within the last 30 days.
 - Parks and recreation commissioner Jennifer Junkins reported that a picnic table which had been purchased and placed by a group of Keyser Girl Scouts in the Sally Burnside Park at the intersection of Water and Cliff streets was stolen. The Keyser Police Department was asked to keep an eye on the area.
 - Junkins also reported that she had received some complaints about the first council meeting each month being held at 4:30 p.m. The item will be placed on the agenda for the next meeting.
 - Council member Eric Murphy said he is soliciting opinions on the possible revival of Friday After Five events in downtown Keyser. He invites anyone with an opinion on the proposal, or ideas for activities, to contact him.
The next regular council meeting is Wednesday, March 14, at 4:30 p.m.