Friday, April 5, 2013
Budget presented to council this week reflects a deficit of $956,000 for fiscal year 2013-14 and $2 million for 2014-15.
Ferndale officials are hoping to avoid laying off firefighters as the city moves forward with budgeting for fiscal years 2013-14 and 2014-15. The city prepared a budget using an expected decline in taxable values of one percent, but final numbers from the county released March 20 show a total revenue decline of six percent in taxable value. City staff also updated projections for fiscal year 2014-15 to reflect a three percent loss rather than the potential for an increase. Because of the changes, the budget presented to council this week had a deficit of $956,000 for fiscal year 2014 and $2 million for 2015. The Ferndale Fire Department could be one of the areas affected, as a grant has paid for four of the city's firefighters for the past…
Tuesday, April 2, 2013
Special council meeting will be held at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 2 at Ferndale City Hall.
Ferndale City Council will meet for a special budget meeting at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 2 at Ferndale City Hall. The purpose of the meeting is to begin reviewing preliminary budget figures for fiscal year 2013-14 and fiscal year 2014-15. The city must have a budget approved no later than May 10, 2013. You can find the agenda, including the preliminary budget figures, here.
Monday, May 14, 2012
'This was another really challenging year,' mayor says of work toward adjusted budget for 2012-13 and 2013-14.
Ferndale City Council voted to approve the fiscal years 2012-13 and 2013-14 budget at its meeting Monday night at City Hall. The adjusted budget contained a millage rate increase of 3.5 mills for 2012-13, down from the May 7 recommendation of 3.75 mills, and 4.6 mills for 2013-14, down from the proposed 4.85 mills. City Manager April McGrath said lowering contingencies by $100,000 and public improvement by $25,000 allowed for the adjusted millage rates. The council was expected to vote on the budget at its May 7 meeting, but refrained due to an issue with the scheduling of a public hearing, which instead took place Monday. However, no one from the community spoke during the comment period. Ferndale Mayor Dave Coulter praised the council’s …
Tuesday, May 8, 2012
'We're going to find out if this is too prohibitive and we may have to revisit this again,' Mayor Dave Coulter said of the new vending ordinance.
Ferndale City Council adopted a new vending ordinance for food trucks and mobile vendors at its meeting Monday night. On April 23, council debated for more than an hour over an ordinance on street vending in the downtown district. The Downtown Development Authority had proposed a resolution limiting the days and operation times of local street vendors and setting fees, explaining the proposals as measures to secure downtown businesses. Various street vendors and some members of council expressed that such changes could put street and mobile vendors out of business completely. Mayor David Coulter and Councilman Dan Martin agreed to serve as a liaison committee of the council to work with the DDA and city administration for two weeks and …
Ferndale City Manager April McGrath presented an option to council that would reduce the proposed millage rate increase by about .25 mills.
Ferndale City Council was expected to vote on the proposed fiscal year 2012-13 and 2013-14 budget at their meeting Monday night, however held off on the decision because of a procedural issue involving the scheduling of a public hearing. The proposed fiscal year 2012-13 and 2013-14 budget, which council began reviewing April 9, includes a millage increase from 3 to 3.75 mills for 2012-13 and to 4.85 mills for 2013-14. Council had requested at the last budget meeting that City Manager April McGrath offer potential budget adjustments that would lower the tax increase without cutting staff. McGrath presented an option to council that would cut $125,000 from two contingency funds for both fiscal year 2013 and 2014, reducing the proposed …
Monday, May 7, 2012
The recommended budget includes a tax rate increase from 3 to 3.75 mills for 2012-13 and to 4.85 mills for 2013-14.
Ferndale City Council members are expected to vote on the proposed fiscal year 2012-13 and 2013-14 budget at their 7:30 p.m. meeting tonight at City Hall. The recommended budget, which council began reviewing April 9, includes a millage increase from 3 to 3.75 mills for 2012-13 and to 4.85 mills for 2013-14. Also up for review on the agenda are a variety of special event permits and an ordinance on street vending in the downtown district. On April 23, council debated for more than one hour on a discussion of proposed restrictions to Ferndale’s street and mobile vendors. Ultimately, Mayor David Coulter proposed that he and Councilman Dan Martin serve as a liaison committee of the council to work with the Downtown Development Authority and …
Tuesday, May 1, 2012
Ferndale City Manager April McGrath said she will present potential budget adjustments to council.
Ferndale City Council met for a special budget meeting Monday night to continue reviewing the 2012-13 and 2013-14 budgets as recommended by city management. The proposed budget, which council began reviewing April 9, recommends a millage increase from 3 to 3.75 mills for 2012-13 and to 4.85 mills for 2013-14. As an example, property taxes on a home with a State Equalized Value of $100,000 would increase about an additional $37.50 per year with the addition of .75 mills. Monday's meeting included budget presentations by the Downtown Development Authority, as well as water, sanitation and other city departments. Here are some highlights from the presentations: Following the budget presentation, Ferndale Mayor Dave Coulter asked management …
Wednesday, April 11, 2012
The recommended budget for fiscal year 2012-13 includes a tax increase from 3 mils to 3.75 mills, which is less than previously expected due to the reallocation of EVIP funding of almost $900,000.
Ferndale City Council met for a special budget meeting on Monday night to begin reviewing the 2012-13 and 2013-14 budgets as recommended by city management. Ferndale City Manager April McGrath presented an overview of the budget, and council members will meet again to discuss it in more detail later this month. City Council aims to have the budget ready for approval on May 7. Here are some details of the recommended budget: