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City council sets hearing on proposed 2013 budget

October 11, 2012
By ADELLE WHITEFOOT - Journal Staff Writer ( , Journal Ishpeming Bureau

NEGAUNEE - A public hearing on the proposed 2013 budget is scheduled during this evening's Negaunee City Council meeting.

The council meets at 7 p.m. at the Negaunee Senior Center.

The budget is a comprehensive plan of city fiscal activities for the coming year and includes proposed expenditures for the general fund, enterprise funds and various special funds.

The hearing will allow the public to comment and ask questions regarding the budget.

"A lot of the time we get special interest groups who come to talk and are passionate about a certain thing," City Manager Jeff Thornton said. "And as a council it's part of our job to listen to what these people have to say, but we also have to put the community's best interest forward and not just these special interests."

Thornton presented the council with a balanced budget at a budget workshop Oct. 4, when the 2013 fee schedule, equipment millage and proposed revenues and expenditures were discussed. A transfer of $180,000 was made from the general fund reserves to balance the general fund budget.

The wastewate fund is not settled due to the need of an amendment to the 2012 bond ordinance, Thornton said. Once the amendment is adopted by the council, installments of the bond can be set as well as the budget.

The proposed budget is available at the city manager's office and the Negaunee Public Library for the public to review.

The Negaunee City Charter requires the budget to be adopted by the council at its Nov. 8 meeting.

Adelle Whitefoot can be reached at 906-486-4401.



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