Archive for Thursday, August 4, 2005

Council to take comment on 2006 budget

August 4, 2005

A 2006 city budget that includes an additional police officer, another full-time employee at the Community Library and the city's takeover of the Lansing Historical Museum is up for adoption by the Lansing City Council.

The council is scheduled to conduct a public hearing on the 2006 "Annual Program of Services" - the city budget - at its meeting at 7 p.m. today, Aug. 4, at City Hall, 800 First Terrace. The budget then will be put to a vote of the council.

During the public hearing, any member of the public can ask questions or make remarks about the spending plan. At the close of the public hearing, council members will consider whether to adopt the budget as presented or make changes.

City Administrator Mike Smith and his staff have put together the budget throughout much of the past five months. As proposed, the levy required to fund the budget would drop to 35.063 mills, down nearly 1 mill from the current 36.010 levy.

A mill is $1 in taxes for every $1,000 in assessed valuation of property.

"There are some questions that council members still have," Smith said, "but I think it's a pretty sound budget."

The general fund - the main part of the budget funded by property taxes - would increase to $3.626 million next year, up from $3.041 million this year. But an 11 percent increase in property valuation allowed Smith to propose the lower mill levy.

Overall, including areas funded by user fees, the city budget would rise to nearly $8.25 million, up from $7.77 million.

Council members already have indicated support for many requests from city department heads. During a study session last month, council members showed their support for about $215,000 in requests for supplemental requests from department heads, including five new police vehicles, a van, pickup truck, asphalting of the Lansing Activity Center parking lot, an added patrol officer and a site supervisor for the museum.

But the budget still can be changed all the way up to its adoption.

"If the council wants to put off some things for a year or two, that's certainly their right," Smith said.

Here's the council's agenda:

Consent agenda

¢ Consider minutes from the council's meeting on July 21.

Regular agenda

¢ Honor Rebecca Savidge, the city's building inspector, as the city's Employee of the Quarter.

¢ Notice of hearing for the proposed 2006 Annual Program of Services

¢ Consider 2006 Annual Program of Services

¢ Consider an ordinance that levies special assessments against property owners delinquent in paying sewer and trash bills.

¢ Receive the treasurer's report for the quarter ending June 30.

¢ Consider an ordinance allowing the city to increase 2006 tax revenues above the amount levied in 2006.

¢ Consider the final plat for Gamble's Replat, Property owners want to replat some to the area west of Lansing Lumber and north of Ida Street to create buildable lots and an industrial entrance to Lansing Lumber storage yard.

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