September 28, 2013

City budget presents 2.32 percent tax-levy hike


“We will take a look at it and analyze it and see what might be left over, but we definitely will know a lot more by the time we have to approve the budget,” Calnon said.


A public hearing on the budget is set for 5 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 10, in Council Chambers, City Hall. Calnon said he will set the budget schedule after that.

The sitting councilors and any council candidates can participate in budget discussions before the Nov. 5 election, and councilors-elect can take part after the election, Calnon said.

Budget sessions are open to the public.

All six council seats are up for vote, and Chris Jackson (D-Ward 6) is the only councilor running for re-election.

Calnon and Mark Tiffer (D-Ward 2) are vying for the mayor’s seat.

Chris Rosenquest is in the race for mayor as a third-party independent candidate.

“We will have time to get into the nitty gritty of it, and the councilors-elect will have a voice, and ultimately, it will be the new council voting on the budget,” Calnon said.

The new council will take office Jan. 1, 2014. 


Calnon said the first order of business is to hear from city department heads.

“We need them to tell us what they are looking for and how this plan will play out and what changes might need to be made,” he said.

Tiffer said the mayor’s proposal seems like a good starting point.

“Each year that I’ve been here has been challenging, but I believe due diligence and prudence has been used, and I look forward to going over it more closely and coming up with amendments that will balance our tax rate with the level of services that people have come to expect,” he said.

“The tax cap has made it difficult for us to generate enough revenue to maintain the services we have. It’s a challenge.”

Rosenquest said Friday that he wanted to go over the budget in more detail before he commented on it.

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