[reposted from my blog here]
Rousing success might be a little too enthusiastic, but I think I can say that it went pretty well. In my blog yesterday, I predicted that we’d get to budget around 9 pm and wrap up the meeting around 10 pm. By golly, that wasn’t to far from the actual time frame. We started consideration of the budget around 8:15 pm and wrapped up the meeting at 10:10 pm. Not bad.
The Council approved the budget as proposed. I gave a short summary of the budget contents in yesterday’s post, so I won’t get into that again today. Suffice it to say, a post describing the contents of the budget in detail would be unreadable in length. It might not be all that interesting either.
We will put final touches on the approved 2012 budget during the last few days of 2011 as we get ready for the year ahead. This is normally a time when workloads wind down a bit, but we’ve got a lot going on right now, so it’s back at it. Edina is no place for slackers.
[reposted from my blog here]
Tonight is Budget Night. Well, technically, it’s a City Council Meeting night. But for those of us involved in the city government budget making process, tonight is the night when the City Council takes final action on the proposed City budget for 2012-2013. Tonight is the culmination of a long process and a lot hard work. It’s the night where the City Council can come together nicely or break into factions.
What will happen tonight? I am not a betting man, but I believe the Edina City Council will end the night coming together rather breaking apart. The budget proposal that I will be making to them tonight is a reasonable one. It grows some services (economic development, facility management and environment protection), but holds most everything else we do at current levels. It places a stronger emphasis on tighter management of our municipal enterprises (golf course, ice arena, art center, aquatic center, liquor store, etc.). It includes additional funding ($700,000) for capital improvements and ($300,000) for technology upgrades.
Our Total Tax Levy increase to support all of the above, and much much more, is 1.79% from 2011. This creates an increase in tax burden for the median single family home in Edina of 2.7%, or $28 for the year. I’ve been in the city management business long enough that I know enough not to call that increase low. But, I will call it modest, particularly when the 2011 Consumer Price Index (CPI-U) is currently projected to end 2011 at +3.5%.
It’s about 3 hours until the Council meeting starts. I suspect we will be getting to the budget discussion around 9pm. If all goes well, we will have a budget approved and ready to share with the world by 10pm tonight.
Last week, we announced that citizens can choose to attend one of three face-to-face public input meetings on the City of Edina’s 2012 budget.
More good news:
For those of you who are interested but unable to attend those, we’re hosting an interactive 90-minute budget webinar on Sunday, Nov. 6 at 8 pm.
Like the face-to-face sessions, the webinar will be hosted by Stacy Becker of the Citizens League. Edina City Manager Scott Neal will be on hand to answer questions, and I’ll be doing the technical orchestration.
What do I need to do to participate?
A computer that’s connected to the internet, with speakers and a microphone. If you don’t have a mic, you can call in via telephone.
How do I participate?
You watch your screen, listen to the presenters, and optionally type questions and comments in a chat window or ask to speak via your mic or phone. See the GoToWebinar Quick Reference Guide for more details.
What if I can’t attend or can only attend part of it?
We’ll record the webinar and make it available for anyone to watch at anytime.
I have other questions!
Attach a comment to this blog post or contact me, Griff Wigley.
Hope to see you there!