The Council and the Administration have agreed on the annual 2014-15 Fiscal Budget proposed by City Manager, Tony Nowicki and presented by Marilyn Stamper, Finance Manager.
Although Mayor Hinkley had some difficulty supporting this budget because of the lack of what he perceived to be a difference in the amount of dollars budgeted for Economic Development, the Mayor concluded,”…he wasn’t comfortable with the Plan that we have or don’t have.” “Things are happening around us. People are passing Wixom by.” The Mayor thought we needed to commit more dollars toward Economic Development and utilize this money to attract new business. It disturbs him that he doesn’t see a Plan. If we don’t have a plan,we will not be successful”
If, in fact, people and businesses are passing Wixom by, perhaps it would be a great idea to find out why.
Councilman, Nick Kennedy, “found it interesting that nothing was brought up about Economic Development during the Budget Sessions.” “…To say that we don’t have a Plan is a misnomer. “…We are moving ahead with talking to the businesses in regard to Economic Development.”
Councilwoman, Lori Rich stated, “..that the Mayor did mention Economic Development a couple of times during the Budget Session. However, “…she completely disagreed with his concerns. ” Ms. Rich stated that she agreed more with Mr Kennedy’s opinion overall in terms of Economic Development; however, we need to recognize what the city is and what it is not. We are not Troy, Auburn Hills, or Novi…and she liked the uniqueness of what the city is and what it is not.”
Ms.Rich concluded that,”…Administrations over the years, including this Administration, has moved forward with Economic Development and it has worked and it is serving the City quite well.”
The Mayor’s final point was that, “…what he has been waiting for is a report out City being newly identified. The Mayor reluctantly supports the budget and he was making it known that we don’t have a (Economic Development) Plan.
Nevertheless, the Council passed the Budget totaling $11,625,662 in expenses.
The list of expenditures are listed.
City Council $ 14,876
City Manager $ 3,261
Assessor $ 177,488
Building $ 366,382
Legal Council $ 55,000
City Clerk $ 197,229
information Systems $ 136,284
Financial Administration $ 318,786
General Operating $ 776,194
Building Maintenance $ 60,300
Cultural Center $ 305,909
Fire $ 983,459
Police $ 3,358,139
DPW $ 1,594,664
Zoning Board of Appeals $ 2, 400
Board of Review $ 1,196
Planning Committee $ 95,600
Senior Citizen Committee $ 60,142
Parks and Recreation $ 334,957
Interfund Transfers $ 2,477,396
Total Expenditures $ 11,625,662
The entire noted comments and the Fiscal Year 2014-15 Budget is found within the minutes of May 27,2014.
* What is Economic Development and its defining characteristics
* Budget in detail, moving forward