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