GI releases proposed city budget

 City Administrator Mary Lou Brown announced the city of Grand Island 2014-2015 proposed budget has been released to the Grand Island City Council and to the public.

Brown stated, “I am proud to present a budget to city council for consideration that accomplishes so much for the future.  The continued ability to fund ICMA public safety recommendations, meet State Statute requirements in relation to wage increases, and grow the capital projects budget to $9.5 million all while maintaining current levels of taxation and service delivery is a great accomplishment. 

Brown went on to say, “We have provided all the budget development detail to Council as they requested. For the public use, we would encourage you to review Budget Summary I which provides a high level overview. The public is also encouraged to either attend the budget meetings or watch them in order to gain more in-depth information.”

A paper copy of the proposed budget is available to the public for review at the information desk at city hall, 100 E. First St., as well as a paper copy at the Grand Island library, 211 N. Washington St.

The proposed budget can also be accessed electronically by going to the city’s website at http://www.grand-island.com/2014-15proposedbudget" href="http://www.grand-island.com/2014-15proposedbudget">www.grand-island.com/2014-15proposedbudget.

Budget meetings will follow this schedule and tentatively include the following topics: 

  • Tuesday, Aug. 12—public hearing opened and continued for duration of meetings, Capital Improvements Fund and five year financial projections;
  • Thursday, Aug. 14— Enterprise Fund budgets and fee schedule;
  • Tuesday, Aug. 19— Community Development Authority budget, proposed downtown life safety program, health insurance renewal, and general insurance fund;
  • Thursday, Aug. 21—2013-2014 General Fund cash balance, ICMA fire safety, and specific Councilmember questions;
  • Tuesday, Aug. 26—salary ordinance;
  • Tuesday, Sept. 9—public hearing to conclude, final approval of the 2014-2015 budget.

All meetings will be held at city hall at 7 p.m.  The public is encouraged to attend or watch the meetings live on Grand Island Television, Charter cable channel 6 or digital channel 50.

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