During the initial stages of planning the engagement process for the 2021 budget, we decided to try to bring as many people into the conversation as we could. We did not expect that every resident or business owner would review detailed aspects of the budget and some complex information was simplified. One example is the budget survey conducted in March and April, in which we said the MAIN options the City has for balancing the budget are to “increase revenue (taxes) or reduce current services provided.” The City is also constantly reviewing expenditures and looking for opportunities for efficiencies and additional funding sources such as grants or partnerships.
The majority of services provided in the City’s general fund will not be paid for from new revenue sources. The City provides police protection, fire protection, street maintenance, parks, snow/ice removal, planning, zoning and forestry. These will continue to be largely supported by property taxes.