The budget for the City of Muskegon’s 2011-12 fiscal year (7/1/11 – 6/30/12) is now available. The City’s financial situation remains very difficult, as it does for most Michigan government units.
Property tax and income tax revenues have faltered due to the economic recession and housing market collapse. State-shared revenues are expected to be sharply reduced under Governor Snyder’s proposed state budget. At the same time costs for healthcare, pensions, fuel, and other critical items have risen sharply.
Still, the proposed FY 2011-12 budget maintains critical services at their current levels. Although a handful of positions are proposed to be eliminated, most of these are currently vacant. We also expect several retirements to occur during the year which will afford an opportunity to restructure service delivery models in the most cost-efficient manner possible.
The complete budget is available for review by clicking on the nearby image.
The budget will be discussed in detail at the City Commission work-session to be held Monday, hearing on Monday June 13, 2011 at 5:30 PM. A public hearing of the budget will be held the following evening at the regular City commission meeting (Tuesday, June 14, 2011 also at 5:30 PM).
Under City ordinance, final adoption of the FY 2011-12 budget must occur no later than the second regularly scheduled June meeting (Tuesday, June 28, 2011, 5:30PM).
All meetings will be held in the 1st floor City Commission Chamber of City Hall. City Hall is located at 933 Terrace Street.
If you have questions concerning the budget, you can post them in a comment below or email them to: finance @ postman.org (leave spaces out).