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      Proposed 2014 budget for Jefferson City made public

      The proposed 2014 budget for Jefferson City was made public Wednesday, the same day administrator Nathan Nickolaus presented it to Mayor Eric Struemph.

      The proposed 2014 budget for Jefferson City was made public Wednesday, the same day city administrator Nathan Nickolaus presented it to Mayor Eric Struemph.

      Nickolaus said his budget is balanced, and that he proposed no raises ?? the first time such a proposal has been made in 23 years. The proposal does add two floating holidays for each city employee.

      The proposal would also restore the vacant positions of two police officers and one street worker, although Nickolaus wants to keep the interim positions of fire chief, finance director and public works director on an interim basis through fiscal year 2014. After that, the positions would be filled.

      Nickolaus said the budget took him and many other city employees three months to draft.

      The mayor's draft of the fiscal year 2014 budget should be ready by July 18. It will then be presented to the council.