Tuesday, August 16, 2011

City of Shawano Wrestles with $128,000 Budget Deficit

No specific mention of library services.

Shawano looking at $128K deficit. City administrator suggests ways to cut costs. (Shawano Leader, 8/12/2011)

Excerpt: The projected deficit is based on the assumption that property taxes and all other revenue sources will remain the same, Hall said, and the state will cut the city’s shared revenue by $194,310, or about 3 percent of its 2011 revenue.

State cuts include about $81,628 in taxes, 10 percent of its street maintenance funding ($56,866), 10 percent of its taxicab service funds ($18,044) and $15,559 from a recycling grant.

Employees paying more for health insurance and retirement benefits will save the city about $66,285, leaving about a $128,025 deficit.

Increasing the budget is not feasible, according to Hall, because the city would need to have a zero increase in its budget in order to qualify for $146,000 of the $1.28 million it is projected to receive in state taxes.

“We don’t really have a choice. We have to go with the state’s expenditure restraint program,” Hall said.

Alderman Bob Kurkiewicz urged Hall to explore every option for the budget.

“I’d prefer to leave no stone unturned,” Kurkiewicz said. “I think we owe it to our constituents to look at everything.

Other Wisconsin county and municipal budget news.
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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