The fiscal year 2017 budget taking effect July 1st, has good news for you and city employees. On Wednesday, The Sikeston City Council approved the proposed budget. City Manager Jon Douglass noted not only is the budget balanced but will add to the city’s reserves, He says the budget projects the city’s overall fund balance. From 2004 through 2014, sales tax and property tax revenues were flat, in 2015 it grew by 9 percent. This year sale tax grew an additional 1 percent over the previous year and this year’s budget anticipated an additional 1 percent increase.