NEGAUNEE - The city of Negaunee is once again facing a tough budget season.
City Manager Jeff Thornton distributed copies of the proposed 2012 city budget, which includes all department funding requests, at Thursday's council meeting, telling the council he is currently anticipating a general fund shortfall of $1 million before any cuts are made.
"The 2012 budget you have before you is absolutely a working budget," Thornton told the council. "It's pretty ugly. It's very ugly."
The proposed budget gives the city a point to start from in its budget process. A budget work session is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Oct. 6 with the city's annual budget hearing set for at 7 p.m. Oct. 13. Both session are at the Negaunee Senior Center.
Thornton said he planned to present a balanced budget at the work session and give the council a report on what cuts are being proposed to erase the projected shortfall.
"I'm going to go by department and we're going to have an explanation," he said.
Council members also commented on the budget challenges.
"We are looking at our fiscal survival and even just looking at basic services," Councilwoman Diana Menhennick said. "We need to work together. We need to stick together and look for innovative ways of doing things."
Councilman Richard Wills agreed.
"Cut a million bucks off the budget and somebody's going to get burned," he said.
Johanna Boyle can be reached at 906-486-4401.