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2013-14 Recommended budget

       
The 2013-14 recommended budget was presented to City Council at their May 7 Council meeting. The total budget is $141 million, including the $88 million General Fund and all fee-based services. Highlights:
  • No property tax increase
  • Core services maintained
  • 2% pay raise for employees; additional 1.5% pool to be used for performance-based merit pay for eligible employees
  • Strong savings (fund balance) for emergencies of about $25 million
  • Continued funding for 5-year infrastructure improvement plan
    • 5¢ of the overall 45¢ property tax rate funds a five-year plan to make $41 million worth of repairs and improvements – such as street repaving and work on public facilities such as the Riverwalk – that had been put on hold during the economic downturn 
  • Continued public safety investment, including funding a full year’s funding for the WPD’s new Mobile Field Force as well as the purchase of a new ladder fire truck

 
Proposed fee increases
  • Golf: $1 per nine holes
  • Stormwater: 6% (34¢ a month for average homeowner)
 
Next steps
May 21        Public hearing (as part of regularly scheduled City Council meeting) 
May 24        City Council budget work session 
June 4        1st vote of budget 
June 18        2nd and final vote of budget 
      

 Watch a video of the FY 2013-14 Recommended Budget

 View the presentation of the FY 2013-14 Recommended Budget

Visit the city's Recommended Budget web page to see the entire budget



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