It’s one of the most important things we do — and this year, it was perhaps the most difficult.
The South Milwaukee City Council unanimously voted to pass the 2017 city budget on Tuesday night. It’s a document that again shows our commitment to being responsible stewards of taxpayer dollars, your money.
I shared a lot of context in a previous post. Here are the final, updated details …
- Expenditures increase 1 percent to $19.7 million.
- Revenue falls 0.8 percent to $8.95 million.
- The tax levy increases 2.3 percent to $10.76 million.
- The city tax rate increases 3 percent from $8.82 per $1,000 of assessed valuation to $9.09 per $1,000. So, for my house (assessed at $160,000), that means the city portion of my tax bill will be $1,454.34, or $43.44 more than my 2015 bill.
The biggest change from the budget published last month is a 3 percent (or $88,000) increase in health insurance costs for the city — a figure that we brought down, with increased out-of-pocket costs and switching providers, from an initial 25 percent renewal. To fund the added cost, we cut from a number of areas, including $20,000 in seasonal help from the Street Department.
In the end, we found a way to work, once again, within the significant constraints put us on by the state and deliver maximum value for your tax dollar. This is getting harder and harder, and continue to make the case for legislative remedies.
Residents have come to expect a certain standard of city services, and it is my job as mayor to make sure we deliver on that expectation, while also driving innovation and efficiency around how we deliver those services. And we’re doing that.
This budget delivers on that promise.