Budget Business

Ishpeming City Council to hold special meeting to discuss budget

ISHPEMING — The Ishpeming City Council will hold a special meeting and 2018 budget workshop on Monday at 10 a.m. at the Ishpeming City Hall.

Major goals for the city’s 2018 budget, according to City Manager Mark Slown’s Budget Message, are to continue the city’s critical infrastructure work including street repairs second year of the city’s $10 million U.S. Department of Agriculture water system improvement project; continue the blight elimination program, and continue to modernize the city’s technology.

Due to concerns over lack of revenue growth in the city, Slown said, tough choices have already been made to prepare for the 2018 budget with more expected in the coming years.

“Our thrifty staff has already cut about $400,000 of much needed spending from the General Fund portion of this proposed budget,” Slown’s message states. “Other fund budgets were similarly reduced to obtain a compromise between needs and available funding. Simply put, the city does not have the funding to accomplish all our goals.”

Slown said until the Michigan Municipal financial system is reformed or new revenues are found Ishpeming and other cities like it, will continue to experience financial distress.

The council will also consider the second reading of an amendment to city ordinance No. 11-500 – Creating a Housing Commission as well as the purchase of a radiant tube heater for $10,500 to be installed in the Department of Public Works garage and the sale of property at 429 New York Street to the Marquette County Land Bank Authority.

Lisa Bowers can be reached at 906-228-2500, ext. 242. Her email address is lbowers@miningjournal.net.