Thursday, September 22, 2011
Wisconsin Rapids 2012 Budget Process Underway
Wisconsin Rapids begins work on city's 2012 budget. (Wisconsin Rapids Tribune, 9/22/2011)
Excerpt: Wisconsin Rapids city staff members are making their bids this week for projects they want to include in the city's 2012 budget.
On Monday, department heads began meeting with Mayor Mary Jo Carson to pitch their requests for funding for the coming year, she said, noting she directed staff members to submit zero-increase budgets.
"We may meet with one department head twice or three times and adjust accordingly," Carson said. "As a group, we prioritize for the city in general."
The largest portions of the city's budget usually come in the form of public safety expenses -- including the police and fire departmental budgets -- and public works, which includes streets and engineering, she said. This year, those areas collectively totaled $13.2 million or nearly 56 percent of the city's roughly $23.6 million budget for 2011.
Carson plans to closely work with city Finance Director Tim Desorcy and individual department heads to develop a balanced executive budget to present to the Finance and Property Committee by early October.
Other Wisconsin county and municipal budget news.
Oshkosh 2012 budget deficit projected to balloon to as much as $2.3 million. (9/20/2011)
Facing $2.5 million shortfall, La Crosse considers a variety of fees. (9/14/2011)
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)