ISHPEMING - Ishpeming voters have approved two changes to the city charter officials say will improve the city's budget process.
The two amendments, which change the date the city manager is required to have submitted a proposed budget from August to October and the date the city council is required to approve the budget by from September to November, were carried by votes of 1,259 to 523 and 1,203 to 578, respectively.
Previously, the city manager was required to have a proposed budget submitted to the council by Aug. 15 each year, with the council required to adopt the next year's budget by the last day in September.
That process required the city to do its budgeting several months prior to the start of that fiscal year without knowing what the state's budget would be.
"We're going to be able to have a more accurate estimate for budget revenues. We're going to have more expenditures through the current fiscal year that we can use to project expected costs," City Manager Jered Ottenwess said. "It aligns more accurately with the way our fiscal year actually runs."
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