Archive for Thursday, August 3, 2006

Budget up for vote

Slight increase in mill levy requested for city

August 3, 2006

A 2007 city budget that adds a police officer, a parks and recreation worker - plus a fraction of an increase in the property tax levy - will top the agenda for the Lansing City Council.

The council meets to consider the budget and several other items, including selecting a new council member, at 7 p.m. today, Aug. 3, at City Hall, 800 First Terrace.

City Administrator Mike Smith said the key factor when he prepared the 2007 budget for the council's consideration was to provide enough employees so the city could get its job done properly.

"Mainly, we needed more employees to do the wishes of the community," Smith said. "That shows up with another police officer and a parks and recreation programmer."

In addition to the new staffing positions, the budget includes funds to continue to pay off leases for five police patrol cars and a Street Department dump truck. Also included is the addition of a new street sweeper for the Street Department, a compact utility vehicle for Parks and Recreation and a multipurpose van for the Police Department.

Plus, Smith said, the budget sets aside $120,000 for a drainage improvement fund and money to complete the first phase of work on Lansing Community Park - both of which already have received council approval.

The city's 2007 budget will require $2.3 million in property taxes with a levy of 34.697 mills, or 0.184 mills higher than was required for the 2006 budget.

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

Smith said the city mill levy increase amounted to $2.13 on a home valued at $100,000.

Council members received a briefing on the proposed budget from Smith and city department heads during a July 13 work session. At today's meeting, they'll conduct a public hearing to get input from Lansing residents. At the conclusion of the public hearing, they'll vote on the budget.

Also tonight, the council is expected to fill the vacancy created in June with the resignation of Robert Ulin from the board. Two longtime city residents, Janette Labee-Holdeman and Ron Jacobson, have applied for the post.

Here's tonight's agenda:

Consent Calendar

Consider minutes from the July 6 regular meeting and the July 13 special meeting

New business

¢ Conduct the 2007 Community Development Block Grant public hearing

¢ Recognize the city's Employee of the Third Quarter, Parks and Recreation director Jason Crum

¢ Present a Certificate of Appreciation to Elizabeth Studnicka, a Lansing student at the University of Missouri who donated time this summer to assist with a project at Lansing Historical Museum.

¢ Hear an update on the Main Street Enhancement project

¢ Conduct a hearing for the Proposed 2007 annual program of services

¢ Consider the Proposed 2007 Annual Program of Services

¢ Consider an ordinance that would allow the city to increase tax revenues for 2007 budget year

¢ Consider the Treasurer's Report for quarter ending June 30

¢ Consider an ordinance that levies sewer and trash disposal assessments on delinquent account holders

¢ Consider designating the Official City Newspaper

¢ Consider appointing Council member Dee Hininger to the city's Parks & Recreation Advisory Board

¢ Consider appointing Council member Andi Pawlowski to the city's Economic Development Committee

¢ Consider appointment of a Council member for the Ward 3 vacancy created by the resignation of Robert Ulin

¢ Consider a resolution to create a sewer improvement district for Lot 1, Block 3 Conway Estates

¢ Consider a resolution authorizing the sale and conveyance of land to Hotel Lansing L.L.C.

¢ Consider a resolution to award a contract to D.F. Freeman and commit city funds to a joint city-state project to reconstruct East Eisenhower Road

¢ Hear reports from city staff members and council members

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