Wednesday, September 14, 2011
Facing $2.5 Budget Shortfall, City of La Crosse Considers a Variety of Fees
La Crosse weighs fees to bolster budget. (La Crosse Tribune, 9/14/2011)
Excerpt: La Crosse's proposed 2012 budget includes almost $438,000 in new revenue through fees for such activities as launching a boat, hosting a special event or having a massage business.
A separate list of fire department-related fees could bring in another $370,000 not now in the budget, city Finance Director Wayne Delagrave told the city's Board of Estimates on Tuesday.
The board met for a second time as it and staff work to shape a 2012 operating budget that started with an estimated $2.5 million shortfall, including $1.5 million less in state money.
City departments had been directed to reduce their budget requests by 3.2 percent, either through cuts or by finding additional revenue sources.
The proposed budget eliminates almost 30 positions but would be under the state levy limits - if city officials opt to keep most of the fees or fee increases, each capable of generating as little as $100 or as much as $100,000 over the year.
Other Wisconsin county and municipal budget news.
100 show up at Dodgeville budget hearing. (9/12/2011)
Zero percent increase for Prairie du Sac department budgets. (9/7/2011)
City of Ashland looks at projected shortfall of $329,000 in 2012 budget. (8/26/2011)
Dodgeville city council to hold listening session on 2012 budget. (8/26/2011)
Shawano budget deficit at $504,800. (8/25/2011)
City of Ripon facing $110,000 budget deficit for 2012. (8/25/2011)
Long list of cuts on table for Racine city services. (8/25/2011)
Dodge County Administrator: "Governor Walker does not speak for Dodge County". (8/25/2011)
Longevity bonuses in Portage might become a thing of the past. (8/24/2011)
Declining property values pose a challenge to Columbus budget development. (8/24/2011)
Whitewater council looks at 0% tax levy increase. (8/24/2011)
Janesville residents asked to make tough choices in online budget scorecard. (8/24/2011)
Village of Darien officials ask for input on 2012 budget. (8/24/2011)
City of Marshfield has some wiggle room in its 2012 budget development. (8/24/2011)
Soglin on 2012 Madison budget: "Every service we rely on is vulnerable". (8/23/2011)
With a ballooning budget deficit, Marathon County considers a tax increase. (8/23/2011)
Sheboygan's Strategic Fiscal Planning Committee to determine what city will look like. (8/19/2011)
Brown County Exec looks at same tax levy, impact on services to be determined. (8/18/2011)
City of Shawano wrestles with $128,000 deficit. (8/16/2011)
Possible double whammy for Shawano City-County Library. (8/15/2011)
Portage County Executive looks to "create a bridge to a new design, a way of functioning on less".. (8/15/2011)
Antigo cuts fire, police positions. (8/15/2011)
Adding up the budget numbers in the Fox Valley. (8/14/2011)
Sauk County officials ask for input. (8/12/2011
Marathon County ranks services to address $500,000 budget shortfall. (8/12/2011)
City of Beloit faces a challenging budget process. (8/8/2011)
Fond du Lac city manager sez Governor's tools not enough to offset cuts. (8/2/2011)
Manitowoc mayor asks department heads for 10% budget cuts. (8/2/2011)