Mayor Hanna releases proposed 2019 budget
$187 million plan investing in basic infrastructure and continued growth
Mayor Hanna's proposed 2019 budget is out. Why should you care? Well, because it's your money of course!
Mayor Hanna has proposed a spending plan of just over $187 million for 2019. That's roughly a 10% increase over the $170 million budget for 2018.
As it stands now, the proposed budget will raise property taxes by about 2.5%. For the average $150,000 home that amounts to an additional $35. But remember, that the City only accounts for a portion of your tax bill, so your actual amount may differ.
What's worth noting is that we are continuing to invest in the redevelopment of our downtown by giving investors and developers access to tools and funding that allows them create high-value projects that will increase our tax base in the future. TIF districts 11 and 12 on the east and west side of downtown will help spur development. TIF 11 is where US Venture, Inc is planning to build its new corporate headquarters and where Commercial Horizons is proposing a mixed use development. The historic Zuelke building is also part of this TIF and developers are renovating that building.
We're also investing in renovations to the public service areas of City Hall on the first floor and 5th floor to better serve you when you come here. Mayor Hanna has also budgeted $500,000 for the purchase of land for a southside community park. Money for upgrades to the playground at Pierce Park and money to continue to expand our trail network along the riverfront.
We are building for the future with investments in infrastructure that includes road projects, water and sewer system repairs/replacement and expansion as well as investments in technology infrastructure throughout city facilities to update our systems to better serve you and help our employees be more productive and responsive.
Mayor Hanna challenges our departments each year to find ways to permanently reduce overhead costs while not impacting services and that is a trend that continued this year even with the continued health of the economy overall. We are dedicated to meeting the needs of our community and improving the quality of life for all our residents.
Community Input Opportunities
The 678 page budget can be found on our website. Common Council members will review the budget in the coming weeks, ahead of budget adoption on November 14th. Committees will review individual departmental budgets and public input is welcome at those meetings. Our Finance Committee will hold a specific detailed review of the budget on November 3rd. You are welcome to attend that meeting, but there is no public input. It is strictly a work session for the committee. A public hearing dedicated solely to the proposed budget will take place on November 7th, where you will be welcome to speak on any item in the budget.
Following those meetings, the Common Council will debate and adopt the budget on November 14th. The budget takes effect January 1, 2019.
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