ISHPEMING - Voters in Ishpeming will be voting on two charter amendments that would help bring the city's budget process more in line with the state's.
Currently, the city manager is required to have a proposed budget submitted to the city council by Aug. 15 each year. The council must adopt a budget by the last day of September.
The problem is the budget timeline dictated by the charter forces the city to carry out its budgeting process before the state budget and state revenue sharing is finalized in October, so the city is developing its budget without knowing a large part of its financial situation.
The amendments, which are on the ballot for Nov. 2, will change the date for the manager to have the proposed budget submitted by Oct. 15 and the city council's deadline for adopting it to Nov. 30.
"Under the current system, we have to start in July and August," Mayor Gary Nelson said. "You're budgeting for the next year and you're not even halfway through the current year.
"It gives him (City Manager Jered Ottenwess) more time to create a more accurate budget."
Both of the amendments must be approved to take effect.
Johanna Boyle can be reached at 906-486-4401. Her e-mail address is firstname.lastname@example.org.