Dollars And Sense: City Council Passes 2015 Budget

The South Milwaukee City Council unanimously passed the 2015 budget Tuesday night … one that maintains our first-class services while providing needed investments in some key areas to better our city.

You can see the document here. Some highlights …

  • The city tax levy is budgeted to fall 4.96% to just over $10 million, due primarily to the shift of fire hydrant maintenance fees from the property tax to a fee on property owners’ water bills. You can learn more about that decision here.
  • Tax rates are also decreasing, from $8.85 per $1,000 of assessed valuation in 2013 to $8.41 per $1,000 in 2014. This is the city tax rate only.
  • Revenues are budgeted to increase 5.95% to more than $9.3 million, again primarily due to the hydrant fee shift.
  • Expenditures are budgeted to increase 0.8% to $18.7 million.

Obviously, there is a lot more detail behind all of this, and I share a lot of those details in my previous post.

In the end, I am proud of this first budget — proud of the investments it makes in our people, services and promising future. We are spending wisely to grow our city, and stepping up our game in key areas like economic development, downtown planning, urban forestry and human resources.

And we’re just getting started.

On, South Milwaukee!

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One response to “Dollars And Sense: City Council Passes 2015 Budget

  1. Frank Gratke

    The Statement “stepping up our game in key areas like economic development, downtown planning, urban forestry ” I have a comment on the urban forestry. Mr Mayor, your are very caring good hearted Mayor, who is the future of this city. I true change from the past mayors. However, urban forestry is going have to get around the Oak Creek Power Plant omissions. There was a decision made to allow them to operate the plant without the top scrupers. They genearl do, but if issues arrive the plant can operate without them. I lot of acid rain. Plants like evergreens do well. Other thinks wilt. I have a copy of yearly ommisions restrictions published during the plant approval process. Alderman Stoner would also have contacts.AKA sorry about this twist.
    Frank “Disco” G

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