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Klipsch Starts New Job

City of Davenport

Even though he was just sworn in, Davenport Mayor Frank Klipsch won't have much time to get acclimated to his new job. He and the city council will begin working on next year's budget this weekend, and it has to be finished in just two months.

He says it now looks as if property tax revenue for Davenport will be flat, or rise slightly next year, but the city's expenses will rise more than 2 per cent.
That could mean spending less on supplies and other purchases, but employees may have to be cut as well.

Another major responsibility for the new mayor will be hiring a new city administrator. Klipsch says his role will be as "facilitator."

We have to make sure city residents and the council are involved.

A selection committee has been chosen, and he envisions hiring a consultant to lead a national search, with a final appointment in 4 to 6 months. 

Before his retirement, Klipsch led the Scott County Family Y for many years.

At the Y we started the year with no money, and had to raise it, while the city starts the year with tax revenue.

He also says as mayor he'll have a much broader range of constituents, and some greater challenges to deal with. 

A native of Detroit, Herb Trix began his radio career as a country-western disc jockey in Roswell, New Mexico (“KRSY, your superkicker in the Pecos Valley”), in 1978. After a stint at an oldies station in Topeka, Kansas (imagine getting paid to play “Louie Louie” and “Great Balls of Fire”), he wormed his way into news, first in Topeka, and then in Freeport Illinois.