After several years of personnel and program reductions, the City of Kelso is looking at a bit better financial picture in 2014. At last night’s City Council meeting, they reviewed the mid-term status for the current biennial budget, learning that the city should have an ending fund balance that’s about $200,000 higher than was first budgeted. City Manager Steve Taylor says that it’s good news, but it’s also no time to go wild…kelsobudget…Budget Director Brian Butterfield says that revenues are expected to be down a bit in the coming year, but expenditures are also expected be down even more, coming in at about 196 thousand dollars than first budgeted. Taylor says that they got a boost in sales taxes, coming from increased car sales and some large construction projects; he also says that jail costs are down. Butterfield says that Kelso should end 2014 with an ending fund balance of $1,590,000, up nearly $200,000 from the $1,305,000 that originally had been projected.