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Wyoming City Manager's Blog - City Budget nearing Approval
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Wyoming City Manager's Blog - City Budget nearing Approval

From: http://www.ci.wyoming.mi.us

The City of Wyoming is closing in on the final Council approval of our City Financial Plan (Budget) for 2012-13.  The budget document, as we call it, is probably the largest policy statement the City Council reviews and considers every year.  This document is the result of countless hours of staff time, and subsequent Council time in the preparation, presentation, and review of City financial resources and information.  The budget begins on July 1, 2012, is completed on June 30, 2013, and guides the financial actions of the City for this period. 

In this document, all of the funding is shown for services like police, fire, water, sewer, parks, recreation, building inspections, the City Manager and much, much more.  If the City does not fund an operation, department, or project, it does not get done. 

Overall, the City remains in a stable financial position.  We continue to lose employees, as funding does not allow for replacement.  We also remain threatened by State Legislative action, which has lead to the reduction of over $10,000,000 in revenues in the last few years, and the Legislature continues to indicate that they will cut more from local governments.  It is important to understand these funding reductions, because in the end, Cities like Wyoming will be forced to request more funding from our residents.  Undoubtedly, I will get the calls indicating, “We can’t afford any more taxes” or “ you should cut more”.  The bottom line is that the City of Wyoming has made enormous cuts, and further cuts will result in reductions for some of our most valued services like police and fire. These are not threats or scare tactics,they are serious issues we face with little room for adjustment. 

Municipal Financing is a complex system.  We are closely intertwined with State funding sources and laws that impact our ability to deliver service on a regular basis.  I think it is more important than ever to become involved and informed about City finances.  Your voice is critical to the future services the City provides and, as we face the many threats from the State Legislature to reduce our funding, we will need your voice to be heard.  If you have any questions regarding the City’s current financial situation, myself, along with other staff members, are available to discuss the operations of the City.   

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