The Department of Transportation is looking at less money than they hoped they would have in their proposed budget for 2014- and it’s not what they hoped for.
Chief Financial Officer Roberta Broeker with the Department of Transportation says the department might not have enough money available for fiscal year 2014.
She says even this year’s budget is almost a third smaller than the budget from four years ago and its resources continue to see a decline. Broeker says next year, MoDOT’s own facilities will be receiving $7.2 million and it has made them wonder how with such a small amount of money, they’ll be able to operate adequately.
“Unlike a lot of state agencies, where the legislature says, ‘Well, I’m going to appropriate money to you. This is what you have to spend,'” Broeker says. “MoDOT has to predict how much money we’re going to receive from the various user fees and then because of the unique form of the commission, in state government here you are calling the ball.”
She says with less money available in the budget, the department won’t be able to build and maintain as much infrastructure as they could previously. “2014’s budget is actually the smallest budget that MoDOT has proposed since 2005,” Broeker said.
Broeker says in past years the budget has seen an increase, but then it took a substantial decline in a short amount of time and continues to go down.
AUDIO: Mary Farucci reports. (1:04)