Monday, May 11, 2015

Budget Work Begins

At the May 5 Council Meeting Mayor Curtis presented the proposed City budget for the fiscal year beginning July 1, 2015, and ending June 30, 2016. The City Council has begun the review process, which includes holding extra work sessions and having Council staff provide analysis.

The Mayor has written an article on his blog about what's in the 2016 budget. Here are some of the highlights:
  • Three new police officers
  • Request for a property tax increase to keep pace with inflation
  • Funding for a new fleet facility
  • New citywide software system
  • Proposal for a Recreation, Arts, and Parks (RAP) Tax
  • Utility rate increases

There are several ways for the public to participate in this process:
  1. Share your comments with us using any of the methods listed at the end of this article.
  2. Participate in the public hearing for the budget that will be held at the June 2 and June 16 Council Meetings.
  3. Participate in other events we will be announcing in the next few weeks.
Council Members will vote at the June 16 Council Meeting on approving the proposed budget. Stay tuned to this blog for more information about the budget and your opportunities to be involved.

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Comment below (requires Google+ account), on our Facebook page, through our online comment form, or by contacting Council Members directly. Comments/input on items appearing on an upcoming meeting agenda will be compiled and provided to Council Members the day before the meeting. **Note - your comments will be part of the public record.

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