THE CITY REBORN FROM THE ASHES OF AMERICA'S MOST DISASTROUS FOREST FIRE
Council Trims $642,061 From Budget Requests
At a marathon workshop session starting at 5:30 pm. Monday, Nov. 11, Peshtigo City Council added to projected revenues and trimmed department requests to eliminate a $642,061 shortfall and balance the citys proposed budget at the legal levy limit. With all department heads present, they kept at the cutting process until their goal was reached shortly before midnight.
Going into the meeting an initial shortfall of $1,252,384 had already been cut in half, leaving the $642,061 difference needed to balance the budget.
The meeting opened with an admonition from City Clerk Treasurer Mary Ann Wills that if the levy exceeds the legal limit they could lose state aids of $1,167,925.
Finance Committee Chair Tom Gryzwa commented they would need to cut half of the proposed budget.
Or raise on the revenue side if you feel its appropriate, suggested Mayor Al Krizenesky.
A few places were found to increase revenue estimates and all department heads found places to cut. Before the session ended the total general purpose property taxes in the proposed budget were brought down to the legally allowable increase of $154,008 for this year.
One of the cuts was a proposed extra $5,000 allocation for Riverside Cemetery Association, but their basic allocation of $45,000 for the year remained.
The annual public hearing on the budget and adoption of the levy are scheduled at 6:45 p.m. before the regular monthly Council meeting on Tuesday, Dec. 3.