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Muskegon Press Release – December 9, 2013

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Shop with a Cop
On December 4, 2013 Muskegon Police Officers along with officers from a number of other jurisdictions within the County participated in the Shop with a Cop Program.Muskegon Police Officers have participated in this program for many years. Meijer has sponsored this program for the last several years and it has been held at the Meijer store located in Muskegon Township. Over 20 officers throughout the county participated this year including four from the Muskegon Police Department.This program takes youth from families with financial hardships and pairs them with a police officer to shop for Christmas gifts for their family members. Applications are screened by the school systems. Meijer allots $100 for each youth and volunteers gift wrap the items at the store.

This program helps families, gives children a sense of pride to be able to purchase items for their family, and serves as a positive building relationship with police officers. Youth have the opportunity to view officers as friends and community members who are there to help them.

It’s an event the Muskegon Police Department enjoys being a part of.

Downtown Walk Around
A downtown walk around has been scheduled for December 16th at 4:00 p.m. This is an opportunity for citizens to join the City Manager and staff to walk the downtown area and give suggestions of improvements and point out the positives as well as the negatives. If you are interested in joining the walk, please call the Planning Department at 724-6702.

Improvements to Getty Street in 2015
The Engineering Department has applied for and received a $375,000 grant to go towards street improvements of Getty Street from Evanston Avenue to Apple Avenue. An estimated time frame will be given at a future date.

Saying Good-bye to Two Commissioners
This month we will say good-bye to Commissioners Lea Markowski and Sue Wierengo whose terms expire on December 31, 2013. Commissioner Wierengo has served on the Commissioner for eight years and Commissioner Markowski has served on the board since July 2012. Both brought a unique perspective to issues faced by the City and will be missed.

Police Officers Promoted
Three Muskegon Police officers were recently promoted to Sergeant. Congratulations!

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Monofilament Line Recycle Bins

line recycleThe City of Muskegon has a new way of taking care of loose fishing line, thanks to a partnership with DARLING CETACEANS. Monofilament line recycle bins have been placed at boat launches and parks around the city. Please place your used fishing line in one of these bins for it to be recycled. Keeping it out of our waters and off our shorelines prevents birds and other wildlife from becoming entangled. It also prevents damage to boat propellers. Do not put trash, cigarette butts or other litter in the bins. Know a spot that could use a recycle bin, or have questions about the program? Call 231.724.6908.

Procurement of Contractor


The programs for which these contractors would provide services include, but are not
limited to, Community Development Block Grant and the HOME Partnership Program.
We are looking for local contractors in the areas of appraisal; asbestos assessment;
building contractor; electrical; house building specification writing; property maintenance
(leaf removal, mowing, trash removal, snow removal); lead risk assessment/clearance;
mechanical (heating and cooling); plumbing; structural engineer/surveyor; and tree
services. All Muskegon County licensed contractors are encouraged to bid.

We are also seeking bid proposals from local realty and title service companies for the
purpose of listing affordable housing constructed or rehabilitated with funding from HUD
through the HOME Investment Partnership Program.

Bid packages will be available Monday, November 4, 2013 starting at 12:00 noon – 5:00
p.m. at Muskegon City Hall, Community and Neighborhood Services office, 933 Terrace
Street, Room 201, Muskegon, MI. through November 18. Completed bid packages
are due in the Clerk’s Office at Muskegon City Hall on Tuesday, November 19,
2013, by 2 p.m. This will be a sealed bid. The outside of the envelope should include
the contractor’s name, address, phone number and trade type. Faxed or e-mailed bids
will not be accepted. The City of Muskegon reserves the right to reject any or all bids.

Bidding contractors must show proof of the appropriate licenses, liability insurance,
Worker’s Compensation and certifications for their line of work.

If you have any questions, please contact Oneata Bailey, Director of Community and
Neighborhood Services at 231-724-6717 or you may email her at

The City of Muskegon is an Equal Opportunity Housing Provider and Employer. We do
business in accordance with Section 3 Regulations, Federal Fair Housing and do not
discriminate against any person because of race, color, religion, sex, handicap, familial
status, or national origin.

Publish: November 3, 2013

Audited Financial Report for 6/30/13 Fiscal Year Now Available

The City of Muskegon Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR) for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2013 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 FY13 CAFR include:

  • The assets of the City of Muskegon exceeded its liabilities by $130,838,669 as of June 30, 2013. Of the City’s total net position, $21,791,371 (16.7%) 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 $13,656,058, an increase of $503,648 (3.8%) from the prior year.
  • The City’s General Fund reported a total fund balance of $7,353,558, an increase of $1,119,161 from the restated prior year balance of $6,234,397. The favorable increase is the result of sharply reduced costs due to position eliminations, tight budget controls and lower required contributions to fund legacy costs.
  • For the year ended June 30, General Fund revenues 2013 were $201,735 lower than the final amended budget estimate. This variance is due to lower than expected local income tax and interest revenues.
  • General Fund expenditures were $590,784 lower than projected in the final amended budget. Most city departments spent less than expected due to a combination of 1) tight budget controls, 2) conservative budget projections and, 3) cost savings realized from budget cuts made in the prior year.

You can view the FY13 CAFR by clicking here. You can view CAFR reports from prior years here.

2013 Citizen’s Guide to City Finances Available


Click image to view the City’s 2013 Citizen’s Guide to Local Finances

The Michigan Economic Vitality Incentive Program (EVIP) sets specific requirements that local governments must meet to qualify to receive state revenue sharing funds. One of the key requirements of EVIP is that cities make readily available to the public by October 1st “a citizen’s guide and a performance dashboard of their local finances, including a recognition of their unfunded liabilities.”

This Citizen’s Guide is published in accordance with the requirements of EVIP. We have used the state-recommended reporting template in preparing the Guide. Because of the required time frame for submission, it is not possible to include audited financial data for the most recent fiscal year completed June 30, 2013. The City’s Comprehensive Annual Financial Report, which will be published at the end of October, includes full audited results for the June 30, 2013 fiscal year.

Also in accordance with EVIP, the City has published on its website a performance measurement dashboard that monitors performance trends in four key areas: Fiscal Stability, Economy, Quality of Life, and Public Safety. The City’s performance dashboard can be accessed here.

We hope that the Citizen’s Guide to Local Finances together with the City’s performance dashboard enhances the City’s transparency and public accountability.

If you have any questions or comments, you can leave them in the comment section below or email

Click Here to view the 2013 EVIP Citizens Guide

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FY2013-14 Proposed Budget Available

The budget for the City of Muskegon’s 2013-14 fiscal year (7/1/13 – 6/30/14) is now available for public inspection. The City’s financial situation remains very difficult, as it does for most Michigan government units. However, the City’s proposed budget maintains critical services at their current levels without increasing taxes.

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  • There is no increase proposed in the City’s tax rate for general operations.
  • A 10% water rate increase is proposed.
  • Transportation services for the City’s senior citizens will be restored through a contractual arrangement with a private transportation company.
  • A new fire pumper truck is scheduled to be purchased replacing an older piece of equipment that is at the end of its useful life.
  • The proposed budget provides funding for 227 full-time positions: 108 police and fire positions and 119 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.

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 10th at 5:30PM. A public hearing on the budget will be held the following evening at the regular City commission meeting (Tuesday, June 11, 2012 also at 5:30 PM).

Under City ordinance, final adoption of the budget must occur no later than the second regularly scheduled June meeting (Tuesday, June 25, 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 @ (leave spaces out).

2013 Budget Final