News about the City of Muskegon, announcements and updates.

2012-13 Budget

The budget for the City of Muskegon’s 2012-13 fiscal year (7/1/12 – 6/30/13) is now available. The City’s financial situation remains very difficult, as it does for most Michigan government units. However, the proposed FY 2012-13 budget maintains critical services at their current levels without increasing taxes.

Highlights:

  • The proposed budget provides funding for 233 full-time positions: 108 police and fire positions and 125 other position categories including public works, clerical and administrative. As recently as 2003, the city had 309 full-time positions.
  • The proposed budget includes the full actuarial costs for funding pensions and other retirement benefits. This ensures that these costs are not pushed down the road for future generations to pay.
  • Income taxes and state shared revenue appear stable for now. Property taxes, however, have fallen with declining home values and a large number of tax appeals. The City is also confronted with the announced future closing of its largest tax-paying facility – the BC Cobb power plant.

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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 June 11th at 5:30PM. A public hearing on the budget will be held the following evening at the regular City commission meeting (Tuesday, June 12, 2012 also at 5:30 PM).

Under City ordinance, final adoption of the FY 2012-13 budget must occur no later than the second regularly scheduled June meeting (Tuesday, June 26, 2012, 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).

2013 Budget Final

EVIP Employee Compensation Plan

Under the Economic Vitality Incentive Program (EVIP) adopted by the state last year, the City must meet certain criteria in order to continue receiving non-constitutional state revenue sharing funds. The first criterion was to prepare and make available a citizen’s guide and performance dashboard by October 1, 2011.

The second criterion the city had to meet was to certify to the Michigan Department of Treasury that by January 1, 2012 it had produced and made readily available to the public, a plan with one or more proposals to increase its existing level of cooperation, collaboration, and consolidation, either within the jurisdiction or with other jurisdictions. The City’s EVIP Consolidation of Services Plan was submitted to the state in December 2011.

Click to view the City of Muskegon’s EVIP Employee Compensation Plan

The third and final criterion is to certify to the Michigan Department of Treasury that by May 1, 2012 the City has developed an employee compensation plan, which we intend to implement, with any new, modified, or extended contract or employment agreement, for employees not covered under contract or employment agreement; and that the plan has been made available for public viewing in the clerk’s office or posted on a publicly accessible Internet site. The City of Muskegon’s EVIP Employee Compensation Plan can be viewed by clicking on the nearby image.

The EVIP employee compensation plan must address four specific areas:

    1. New hires who are eligible for retirement plans are placed on retirement plans that cap annual employer contributions at 10% of base salary for employees who are eligible for social security benefits. For employees who are not eligible for social security benefits, the annual employer contribution is capped at 16.2% of base salary.The City has met this standard. Since 2006, all new City hires are placed in a defined contribution retirement plan. The maximum City contribution for police and fire employees under this plan is 10%; the maximum City contribution for other employees is 6%.

 

    1. For defined benefit pension plans, a maximum multiplier of 1.5% for all employees who are eligible for social security benefits, except, where post-employment health care is not provided, the maximum multiplier shall be 2.25%. For all employees who are not eligible for social security benefits, a maximum multiplier of 2.25%, except, where post-employment health care is not provided, the maximum multiplier shall be 3.0%.

      The City intends to meet this standard in new employee contracts. Currently, police and fire employees have pension multipliers ranging from 2.75% to 3.00% without Social Security coverage, but with City-provided retiree health coverage. All other City employees currently have a 2.25% pension multiplier with Social Security and City-provided retiree health coverage.

 

    1. For defined benefit pension plans, final average compensation for all employees is calculated using a minimum of 3 years of compensation and shall not include more than a total of 240 hours of paid leave. Overtime hours shall not be used in computing the final average compensation for an employee.

      Currently, final average compensation (FAC) for all City employees is based on the 3 consecutive years of highest compensation. In recent employee contracts, the City has negotiated exclusion of overtime and limited the inclusion of paid leave to 240 hours for future FAC computations. The City also intends to implement these changes with all remaining employee contracts as they are negotiated.

 

  1. Health care premium costs for new hires shall include a minimum employee share of 20%; or, an employer’s share of the local health care plan costs shall be cost competitive with the new state preferred provider organization health plan, on a per employee basis.

    The City meets this standard as its health care plan costs are below the new state preferred provider organization health plan, on a per employee basis.

Get Involved

The City is looking for residents looking to get involved within our community. There are openings on several boards and committees. If interested, please fill out the attached form and return it to the City Clerk at 933 Terrace St., Muskegon MI 49440 or email it to: ann.cummings@shorelinecity.com

Call 231-724-6705 with any questions.

Talent Bank Application

EVIP Consolidation of Services Plan

EVIP Consolidation of Services Plan

Click to see the City's EVIP Consolidation of Services Plan

Under the Economic Vitality Incentive Program (EVIP) adopted by the state earlier this year, the City must meet certain criteria in order to continue receiving statutory revenue sharing funds. The first criterion was to prepare and make available a citizen’s guide and performance dashboard by October 1, 2011.

The second criterion the city must meet is to certify to the Michigan Department of Treasury that by January 1, 2012 it has produced and made readily available to the public, a plan with one or more proposals to increase its existing level of cooperation, collaboration, and consolidation, either within the jurisdiction or with other jurisdictions.

The City has adopted the attached EVIP Consolidation of Services Plan. The plan’s foundation is the Feasibility Study for Municipal Shared Services that was completed earlier this year under the auspices of a public-private consortium including the Muskegon Lakeshore Chamber of Commerce and the Cities of Muskegon, North Muskegon, Norton Shores, Roosevelt Park, Montague, Whitehall and Fruitport Charter Township.

The Feasibility Study identified nineteen specific shared services recommendations, 15 of which involve participation from the City of Muskegon. For the 2012 EVIP Consolidation of Services Plan the City has chosen to focus efforts on three recommendations deemed to be the highest priority:

  1. One Water Production System
  2. Contract for Income Tax Administration
  3. Consolidated Telecommunications

Each of these areas is discussed more fully in the attached plan.

If you have comments or questions about the 2012 EVIP Consolidation of Services Plan, you can leave them below or email them to finance@shorelinecity.com.

Muskegon Area Medication Disposal Program

Muskegon Area Medication Disposal Program (MAMDP)

Expands Daily Medication Drop-off Options in Muskegon County

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Audited Financial Report for 6/30/11 Fiscal Year Now Available

The City of Muskegon Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR) for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2011 is now available online.

The CAFR summarizes the city’s financial activity for the year and includes the unqualified opinion of the City’s independent auditor – Brickley DeLong.

Highlights from the FY11 CAFR include:

  • The assets of the City of Muskegon exceeded its liabilities by $134,502,902 as of June 30, 2011. Of the total net assets, $21,809,807 (16.2%) was unrestricted and may be used to meet the City’s ongoing obligations to citizens and creditors.
  • The City’s governmental funds reported combined ending fund balance of $10,926,340, a decrease of $1,185,458 (9.8%) from the prior year. The decrease is primarily attributable to a $1.0 million, one-time supplemental contribution made to the City’s defined benefit program to keep the program at a 100% actuarial funding level.

You can view the FY11 CAFR by clicking here. You can view CAFR reports from prior years here.

Local Government Access Channel Update

The City of Muskegon’s local government access channel has been moved from Channel 97 to Channel 96 as of June 28, 2011.

The government channel allows citizens to view City Commission meetings live as well as several opportunities to watch a recorded version of the meeting throughout the week. In addition, the station offers informative shows about activities and programs offered within the community. Non-profits seeking exposure to their program/cause may call the City Clerk, Ann Marie Becker, at 231-724-6705 to see if their organization qualifies for a free show.

2011-12 Budget

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.

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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).

2012 Budget Final

William G. Jackson Muskegon Lake Research Fund

If you are buying your annual boat launch permit, please consider a donation to the William G. Jackson Muskegon Lake Research Fund.

This Fund, managed by the Community Foundation for Muskegon County, supports the work of Grand Valley State University’s Annis Water Resource Institute (AWRI) in monitoring Muskegon Lake. Decades of industrial use along the shoreline, years before state and federal clean water laws went on the books, have left a legacy of environmental damage. Some of this degradation is well documented and has led to Muskegon Lake being listed as an Area of Concern (AOC) by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Muskegon Lake is one of 42 AOC’s within the Great Lakes.

Grand Valley’s AWRI is committed to documenting the lake’s health, both today and into the future. Your donation to the William G. Jackson Muskegon Lake Research Fund will help to support this important work in making Muskegon Lake healthier for everyone’s lifelong benefit and enjoyment.

If you have questions about the William G. Jackson Muskegon Lake Research Fund, contact the Community Foundation for Muskegon County at (231) 722-4538.