Public hearing on budget today, three others next week

There will be a public hearing on the 2014-2015 budget today at 6:00pm at City Hall in the council chambers. Mayor Ann Thane submitted her proposed budget on April 1st, 2014. The Common Council has been reviewing the proposed budget over the past several weeks and discussing potential changes. According to Alderwoman Diane Hatzenbuhler, they will continue working on proposed changes at least until the end of the month, and no definite date for when the common council will vote has been set.

On Tuesday, May 20th, there will be three public hearings at City Hall on three different proposed ordinances.

6:20pm – Ordinance F – This ordinance would change the process by which Golf Course Commission members would be selected. Five members would be appointed by the common council, and two members would be appointed by the mayor, all subject to approval by the council. Currently all members are appointed by the mayor. Also, purchases would be approved by the common council rather than the Director of Recreation.

6:30pm – Ordinance G – This ordinance would put a stop sign back on the corner of Locust and Crescent.

6:35pm – Ordinance H – This ordinance would prohibit trucks weighing over 13 tons on Northampton Rd.

Download the text for all three ordinances here.



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3 Responses to Public hearing on budget today, three others next week

  1. AvatarDiane says:

    the date should read May 20th, not April 20th……….Thanks 🙂 🙂

  2. It’s unfortunate that the general public will not have had a chance to review changes proposed by the council’s budget committee. Why shouldn’t the public have a completed document to weigh in on? This council has had this document since April 1st.

    I made them aware of a particularly troubling cost center: the terrific drain the transportation department has put on the general fund ($250K/year). They’ve known of this detriment since they were elected in November as I had requested that they spend the next few months examining the department to make recommended changes. Obviously, that had been put off until a scant few weeks ago. They chose instead to launch a war over golf and a grab for executive power that lasted 4+ months.

    Now, they are proposing to cut the only support person in the Corporation Council’s office, cut the Community and Economic Development Department, cut a support position for Employee Relations/Civil Service, cut a proposed supervisor’s position in DPW, cut $2,800 out of my $10,000 marketing line, and $11,000 out of the Recreation Director Assistant’s salary. These changes will only affect a sliver of the overall budget and will have very little impact on our tax rate, but will be incredibly disruptive to operations.

    I hope people see these actions for what they really are… personally targeted and intentionally political.