Mayor Kevin W. Hinkley extends his personal invitation to all to attend his 2015 State of the City Address scheduled for Thursday, March 5, 2015 at the Wixom Community Center beginning at 7:00 p.m.
All interested residents should attend.
It is that time of year when considerations are given to the Annual Budgeting of City Services by the Mayor,Council and the Administration. It is time to begin to understand what the Mayor and Council are proposing in the next annual Budget for expenses and taxes.
Residents need to know and to understand how the Mayor’s and Council’s strategy and Budget details will impact their taxes, their programs and the delivery of city services. Specifically, how will the Mayor’s and Council’s next political actions and legislative recommendations affect the community.
Presently, Mr.Nowicki, City Manager, has also extended an invitation for the residents to comment on the upcoming 2015-16 Budget Preparation and is requesting residents for their comments. Under the memo to Council identified as “City Happenings,” Mr Nowicki offers the following for residents comments for consideration relative to the Budgeting process that Council will consider in the near future.
With the Mayor’s addressing the State of the City coupled with the request from City Manager, Mr. Nowicki, several recommendations may result in some unique savings or programs for the community.
Great idea, and here is a preview of Mr. Nowicki’s request to residents for consideration. You may have other recommendations as well. Let your ideas be known.
FISCAL YEAR 2015-16 BUDGET PREPARATION: Annually, City staff prepares a proposed budget for City Council consideration and adoption as required by City Charter. This is to be done no later than the second regular City Council meeting in May. Differing from the past, the City Manager, through the City Happenings and by other means, is reaching out to the City Council, City staff and others to solicit creative and innovative ideas and suggestions regarding possible operational and other cost containment measures and efficiencies for the City to be included in this year’s budget proposal to Council.
Those with possible operational cost containment and efficiency ideas and suggestions should submit them to the City Manager’s Office as soon as possible. The person submitting the idea or suggestion having the greatest positive financial impact will be awarded a dinner for two at Al Maidah Mediterranean Grill. Evaluations will be performed by the auditing/accounting firm of Rehman Robson. Submissions need to include a description of the possible cost reduction measure as well as anticipated savings.
Examples of recent cost reduction/control measures include those listed below. Since initiated in November of 2012, these cost savings are calculated to total $750,000 annually.
1. Elimination of the Assistant City Manager position
2. Reorganization and outsourcing of Building/Planning/Zoning functions
3. Reorganization and outsourcing of Finance Department functions
4. Elimination of one DPW position through the acquisition of a high production snowplow truck (a.k.a. Wing Plow)
5. Reorganization and downsizing of Community Services/Parks & Recreation
6. Implementation of a modified healthcare plan for employees and retirees as recommended by an employee healthcare committee
7. Refinancing of Downtown Development Authority Bonds
Previous to the above, the City expended approximately $2.18 million from its Budget Stabilization Fund for Fiscal Years 2008/09 through 2012/13.
Wixom City Manager