City of Three Rivers Approves Budget

June 4, 2008 by WLKM News Room 

The City of Three Rivers has a budget in place for the new fiscal year that begins on July 1st. The spending plan was approved on a 5-to-1 vote last evening (Tuesday, June 3rd) following a public hearing. Second District Commissioner Elbert Foster cast the dissenting vote after expressing interest in having Eighth Street from Madison Street to Broadway included in the list of proposed street projects outlined in the budget. First District Commissioner Rowdy Keith was absent. The budget projects general fund revenues of just over $4.3 million and expenditures totaling $4.246 million, leaving an excess of revenues over expenditures of just under $62,000. A little over $2 million – 48.5 percent of total spending – is earmarked for public safety, followed by just over $1 million – nearly 27 percent – for general government. Just over $461,000 – nearly 11 percent – is set aside for public works with the remainder for “other functions.” The budget establishes a tax rate of 11.4253 mills to support the general operating fund. With other levies for the library, ambulance, solid waste collection and disposal, and city streets and sidewalks added, the total millage for city operations will be 18.4062 mills. In addition to the operating cost of the city’s compost area, the budget anticipates a one-day spring cleanup with dumpsters at the Department of Public Works, spring brush/leaf pickup, one dump pass to each resident, and the fall brush/leaf pickup. In action related to these services, the commission adopted a resolution setting the Solid Waste Collection and Disposal Tax Levy for the upcoming fiscal year at 0.875 mills. The levy is expected to raise just under $200,000. The largest of the proposed street projects identified in the budget is major reconstruction of Hoffman Street from North Main Street to Portage Avenue at an estimated cost of just over $243,000. Bids for these projects – being taken now – are slated for consideration by the commission during its next regular meeting on June 17th. The State of Michigan recently reported the city is due reimbursement from the Broadway Street project in 2003 of approximately $322,000, money that could be earmarked for the repair of Eighth Street. In remarks during the “Commissioner’s Comments” portion of the meeting, Commissioner-at-Large Daryl Griffith congratulated the staff and, in particular, Catherine Lawson, the city’s new finance director, for their performance in putting the budget together. Griffith said, “This has probably been one of the smoothest processes I’ve been involved in.”


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