City Council Minutes
MARCH 21, 2005
Session of March 21, 2005 was called to order by Mayor James Buck at
6:07 p.m. in the Council Chambers.
The City Clerk
called the roll. Present were Council Members Robert De Witt, Ken
Gates, Steve Maas, Carole Pettijohn, Stan Ponstein, Joe Sierawski
and Mayor Buck. Absent:
Tammy Butler, Assistant Finance Director; Ron Carr, Assistant
DPW Director; Michael Chesher, DPW Director; Tom Guinther,
Treasurer/Finance Director; Dan Johnson, Assistant City Manager; Ken
Krombeen, City Manager; and Mary Meines, City Clerk.
remarks were made by Mayor James Buck. City Manager Krombeen turned
the meeting over to Treasurer/Finance Director Guinther.
the following sections of the proposed Fiscal Year 2005-2006 budget:
legally required to present a 5 year capital plan
beginning to see completion of some capital projects
75% of revenue from property tax millage goes to major streets
amount of tax assessment revenue determined after the close of Board of
Review and completion of tax roll
city portion of grant-funded projects are listed in the capital plan
25% of revenue from property tax millage goes to local streets
budgeted amounts are estimated and may change
street maintenance is not included in the capital plan but in the local
Storm Sewer Trunkage
FY 2003-2004 was the last year to transfer from the revolving fund
will be looking at potential sources of revenue – creating a utility,
this fund is also used for cleanout of drains not just street projects
Building Authority Debt Retirement
no new items in this fund
Revenue not determined until Board of Review is completed
surplus in wastewater collection, operations and I & E budgets –
collection fund is getting too high for a reserve
will be recommending a wastewater rate study this fiscal year – may be
able to mitigate the impact of increased water rates to residents by
shifting wastewater RTS amount to water rates
rate study is necessary to determine the appropriate balance for sewer
negotiations with Ottawa County continue
revenues will remain about the same as Fiscal Year 2004-2005
increases water rates in the middle of fiscal year
rate increase likely as wholesale rates increase
charges to the fire department for hydrant rental are discontinued
building project at DPW is included in the budget without using reserves
used for replacement of large pieces of equipment
Retiree Health Care
will need to do actuarial – required every 5 years
The General Fund budgets will be presented at the next work session
tentatively scheduled for April 18, 2005.
Mr. Guinther indicated the proposed budget is prepared using
the current millage rate and the same level of services.
Expenditures are leveling and the fund balance is reaching an
Motion by Council Member Gates, and seconded by Council Member Maas,
CARRIED, to adjourn at 9:00 p.m.
by City Council:
March 28, 2005
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