Thursday, August 25, 2011

City of Ripon Facing $110,000 Budget Deficit for 2012

City begins a difficult budget cycle. (Ripon Commonwealth Press, 8/10/2011)

Excerpt: The good news for city of Ripon residents in 2011?

Property taxes from the city of Ripon are not likely to go up, per state rules.

The bad news?

That means the city will need to cut more than $100,000 from its budget — or find creative ways to increase revenue, such as privatizing garbage pick-up.

The Ripon Common Council discussed both options as it pondered the 2012 city budget for the first time Tuesday evening.

Regardless, city staff and elected officials alike acknowledged the budget talks would be tough.

“As everyone knows, the state cut the city’s shared revenue and other revenues $170,000,” City Administrator Lori Rich said, adding $60,000 of that can be made up through tools provided by the state. “There will be a $110,000 gap we will need to cover for, as well as rising fuel costs, etc

Other Wisconsin county and municipal budget news.
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)

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