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!

1 Comment

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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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