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  1. Preliminary Budget OverviewFiscal Year 2010 Budget City of Mankato

  2. Overview Discuss FY 2010 property tax levy Present preliminary information from Minnesota Department of Revenue and Blue Earth County Present a brief overview of property tax supported funds and total budget Provide historical analysis of general fund and property tax levy Discuss 2010 service level changes

  3. 2010 Property Tax Levy Overview

  4. Commonly Used Terms Estimated Market Value = the amount the County Assessor says the property is worth. Net Tax Capacity = the calculation applying the Assessors Market Value against the respective Property Classification Rate. The City’s Net Tax Capacity is the summation of this calculation for each parcel located within the City limits. Net Tax Capacity Extension Rate = the rate at which a property tax bill is calculated. Rate is calculated by dividing the levy of a jurisdiction into the Net Tax Capacity (assessed value – net of any tax increment).

  5. Net Tax Capacity Extension Rates December 2007 estimated 2008 Extension Rate = 36.93 2008 actual Extension Rate = 36.56 December 2008 estimated 2009 Extension Rate = 38.30 2009 actual Extension Rate = 38.30 2009 Net Tax Capacity = $32,997,980 2009 Estimated Net Tax Capacity Increase = 3.02% August 2009 estimated 2010 Extension Rate = 38.53 2010 Net Tax Capacity is $33,810,750 2010 Net Tax Capacity Increase = $812,770 2010 Estimated Net Tax Capacity Increase = 2.46% Information based upon: Estimates obtained from Blue Earth County A proposed levy of $13,028,182 An assumed increase of 2.46% in Net Tax Capacity Assumption that existing residential values remain relatively flat with only pockets of small increases Assumption that industrial values remain relatively flat

  6. Proposed Tax Levy General Fund 8,906,682 (no levy increase) Debt Service Fund 3,694,000 (mandatory increase for debt service payments) Transit Fund 167,500 (levy reduction) EDA Levy 260,000 (no levy increase) Total 2010 Proposed Levy 13,028,182 Total 2009 Levy 12,639,182 Increase due to debt service payments NOTE: General Fund no levy increase assumes $310,196 additional reductions

  7. General Fund The General Fund is a tax support fund The General Fund is the primary funding source of the following activities Public Safety – i.e. patrol and fire suppression Public Works – i.e. streets maintenance, snow removal, street lighting, parks, Tourtellote pool, campground, and forestry Services Engineering – i.e. right-of-way management and street reconstruction/construction administration Community Development – planning and zoning, inspections Legal – prosecution Council- livability grants and livability agreements with other organizations

  8. General Fund continued 2010 Preliminary Budget Reflects (refer to “Analysis of General Fund Activity and Property Tax Levy” worksheet) General Fund expenditures are below 2007 level 12% or $3 million reduction in 2010 projected spending Proposed 2010 budget requires $310,196 of additional reductions. Personnel cost $500,000 below 2009 Required debt service levy increase of $409,000

  9. Revenue Impacts/Trends Tax Capacity increase by 2.46% (estimated) No/Minimal General Fund Levy Increase Debt service levy must increase by 3.08% Local Government Aid (LGA) base decrease by $1.4 million LGA previously represented 54.9% of General Fund 2010, LGA will represent 30.1% of General Fund Decisions to unallot LGA directly impacts core services of the General Fund and has a “ripple effect” upon other funds Utilized $1 million of cash reserves to address 2009 unalottment

  10. Revenue Impacts/Trends continued Service charges decrease (262,950) Due to reduction in building permits Sales Tax collections 3% increase over 2009 Utility Rates No or low rate increase Franchise fee collections stable at $835,000 Continue diversification of revenue streams We can not rely upon LGA

  11. Expenditure Trends General Fund expenditures are below 2007 level 12% or $3 million reduction in 2010 projected spending Proposed 2010 budget requires $310,196 of additional reductions Costs for related to energy and employee related costs (i.e. health insurance and wages) continue to outpace inflation Health insurance premiums are estimated to increase by 10.2% Contracts in place with labor union wage increase of 2.5% However, as a result of work force reductions the number of personnel are below 2009 level

  12. Property Tax Extension Rates

  13. Property Tax Extension Rates

  14. Illustration of Levy, Net Tax Capacity, and Extension Rates

  15. Property Tax Scenarios

  16. Property Tax Levy(General, Debt Service, Transit, & Economic Development)

  17. 2010 Levy Impact of Each $100,000 Levy Increment

  18. 2010 Organizational WideService Level Changes

  19. Major Service Level Changes Organizational wide position reductions of 20 Benefit reductions (see budget for more detail on reductions) Furlough- up to for five (5) days resulting in an estimated cost savings of $315,000. Administrative personnel it may take the form of a set five day time period so there could be a facilities hard shut down (energy savings. Essential employees required to work during the shut down would be required to take the time during an alternative timeframe and/or supervisors will be required to work shifts. Utility Billing- Lower costs of processing utility billing by transitioning to mandatory landlord billing for rental properties via ordinance change. Reduce a high volume of paperwork , overtime and build staff capacity. By implementing quarterly conversion of outstanding utility balances to assessable charges (via City Code modification), the organization will eliminate utility terminations, excessive postage, and excessive staff time by both maintenance and utility billing. Service Level Impact: Ordinance change (for Council review October 2009) and technology needs Changes to vehicle depreciation 311 Mankato

  20. Council and City Manager Major Service Level Changes City Council Community Grant Funding-2009 revised budget $45,000 2010- preliminary budget $22,500. This includes funding for community performing arts & music, community beautification & public art, community events, and community social services. Blue Earth County Library funding reduced by 7.64% to $579.000 All Seasons Arena funding reduced by 7.64% to $26,000 Summit Center funding reduced by 7.64% to $35,000 Neighborhood Association Grants reduce by 50% to $2,500 Impact: Will be determined after Council discussion City Manager budget reflects 12,000 reduction in intern position, postage, and printing/publishing Impact: Slower response to Council and Citizen inquires

  21. Civic Center Major Service Level Changes Staff travel and industry memberships are virtually eliminated. Service Level Impact: Result in fewer face-to-face industry contacts and perhaps fewer concert events. Reduction in staffing levels. Service Level Impact: Result in reduced customer service levels, and a potential loss in business due to customer dissatisfaction. Reducing the ticket office hours to 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. Service Level Impact: Patrons will be unable to purchase tickets until 6:00 p.m. However, tickets may be purchased at Ticketmaster outlets or online but additional service charges do apply. Closing the Civic Center at 6:00 p.m. on non-event days. Service Level Impact: Inconvenience pedestrian traffic that normally walks through the facility. Technology will be utilized to provide direct communication between the client and staff during an event. Service Level Impact: This may result in minor delays in response times to the client's needs. The client will be given to option to have an event facilitator as an extra charge to the event.

  22. Community Development Major Service Level Changes Building Inspections will be scheduled within 48 hours instead of current 24 hour goal to reflect reduced staffing levels and assumption of Fire Marshal - Inspections duties. In addition, building permit application review period also increased. Current standard is one week for new residential and two weeks for commercial. Service Level Impact: Inspection response to contractor and/or property owner may be delayed to 48 hours from time of request. Building permit application review period also increased to two weeks for residential and three weeks for commercial. Assumption of fire inspections for new fire suppression installation and fire suppression/alarm system/hood certifications. Permit issuance estimated at 60 and inspections at 200. Process submission of approximately 1,000 fire suppression/alarm system/hood certifications and reinspect 157 for issue identification. Service Level Impact: Capacity to perform building inspections will be reduced and response time for inspections and plan review delayed as outlined above. Inspectors will work four-day staggered 10-hour shifts to provide service before and after scheduled work hours. Service Level Impact: Will increase inspection flexibility for customers that are not available during work hours - possibly mitigating the increase response time outlined above for some customers.

  23. Community Development Major Service Level Changes continued Reduce annual rental reinspections of units by 20% (220 units). Units to be selected based on previous inspection results (Gold Star program). An alternative, extend period of reinspection from 3 years to 4 years. Utilize additional capacity for customer service response, building inspections demand, and fire inspections. Service Level Impact: Rental properties will not be inspected as often (4 year intervals versus 3 year intervals) resulting in some substandard conditions to persist unless complaints submitted. Eliminate or reduce number of I & I and firewall inspections requested by homeowners and realtors. If property has been inspected and cleared within 10 years of point of sale, no inspection will be performed and homeowner/realtor will be directed to website to download form that they will certify to new owner that property is still in compliance. Service Level Impact: Inspections no longer performed for properties inspected within 10 years of point of sale. Property owners to provide self-certification to purchasers. AUAR planning studies will not be conducted until annexation imminent. Other planning studies deferred or completed in-house with longer time horizons for completion.. Service Level Impact: Reduce proactive planning for growth and annexation areas resulting in less coordination with other agencies and reduced provisions for proactive orderly growth.

  24. Community Development Major Service Level Changes continued Non-exempt planning and zoning employees to work adjusted schedule to accommodate night meetings. Service Level Impact: Will affect staffing of office approximately two days per month and availability of staff for public inquiries. Internship position to be utilized by Community Development, Minnesota Valley Council of Governments, and City Manager's office. Service Level Impact: Intern availability for such activities as temporary sign enforcement will be reduced affecting approximately 40 annual enforcement actions for non-permitted signs. Incorporate City Center Partnership Business development initiatives into Business Accelerator program. Service Level Impact: Business proposals that have long-term ideation stages, ie., those that are not moving toward start-up, will either be removed from Accelerator program or redirected to self help options on website. Impact 6-15 proposals per year.

  25. Community Development Major Service Level Changes continued Reduce staffing of Planning Commission meetings to build capacity for coordinating Neighborhood Associations. Neighborhood Associations to be encouraged to reduce reliance on City staff. Service Level Impact: Staff support at Neighborhood Association meetings reduced. Reduce monitoring and coordination of Mankato Sustainability plan. Implement as strategic goal for ongoing operations and capital projects and delegate to departments heads for reporting. Utilize realized capacity for customer service demands. Service Level Impact: Little noticeable service change for external customers. Housing Choice Voucher list to remain closed for new applications. Service Level Impact: Approximately 575 individuals request to apply for housing choice voucher. Referred to application for public housing or referred to other agencies.

  26. Engineering Major Service Level Changes Our goal of a 24 hour response time to customer inquiries will be increased to 48-72 hours and will need to be scheduled during regular business hours due to reduction in staffing and overtime. Service Level Impact: Delays in customer responses. Reducing the GO portion of the Capital Improvements Program by $150,000 will result in the elimination of approximately $500,000 of improvements. If the trend is to continue reducing GO spending, maintenance costs on these delayed projects will increase as well as future reconstruction costs. These increased future costs are difficult to ascertain, but are dependant on fuel and material costs as well as the state of the economy. Service Level Impact: Street conditions will deteriorate dependent on level of deferred spending. Key staff members will need to continue to shoulder responsibilities of the open staff member position while completing the assigned tasks of their position resulting in a reactive rather than a planned and well-organized business environment. Service Level Impact: Delays in customer responses and project completion. Gaps in the field inspection process will occur with staggered shifts and intern staff reduction. Service Level Impact: This will lead to contractor confusion at times as to who the project inspector is resulting in delays and increased associated costs to the City for those delays incurred by the contractor. Contractors will feel the need to make key decisions in the field, resulting in construction cost increases through field re-work, due to lack of inspection.

  27. Information Technology Major Service Level Changes Start to phase out the Technology Center's Community Access located in the Civic Center. This will reduce I.T. support time and maintenance costs. Service Level Impact: Community members will be redirected to use the community access stations at the Blue Earth County Library. Deploy Public Safety Online Reporting for non-emergency crimes. Service Level Impact: Citizens will be able to create an online report versus a phone report. Implement a 311 Call Center to streamline citizen access and city service delivery. Technology components integrated with this system include: (1) Implementing an additional phone component to the City’s Voice over IP phone system., (2) Integration to the City’s Customer Service Software to manage, track, and create accountability for all City requests., (3) Integration to a City-wide electronic work order system to streamline how service requests handled, (4) Integration to a Knowledge Base system to provide the call center with the needed topic knowledge and consistent steps for service delivery. (5) Integration to the City’s GIS system to allow the call center to geographically understand request. (6) Connectivity to parcel based information for utility billing, permit, and licensing information. Service Level Impact: This initiative will streamline service delivery and build capacity in all departments.

  28. Finance and Legal Major Service Level Changes There will be lower costs of processing accounts payable with transition to electronic ACH debit payments with all vendors. Service Level Impact: We will need to communicate with vendors that we only make payments electronically. In addition, this will build capacity. There will be a lower volume of on-site payments made (i.e. utility, housing, etc) as we continue to "target and market" electronic receipt (ACH) payment for usage by our customer base. This will include incentives for those that pay electronically. Service Level Impact: Customers who choose to pay electronically will have a lower utility bill. The City Attorney is appearing in Arraignment Court and making more criminal appearances to avoid numerous trips by staff to the Blue Earth County Justice Center which takes her out of the office for at least 2 mornings a week. Service Level Impact: She is unavailable to work on her other duties and be available for consult with City staff. Resulting in delays in processing code enforcements actions, council packet preparation, and other projects requiring the City Attorney's input.

  29. Human Resources Major Service Level Changes Employee benefits communications and administration will be provided via the intranet rather than directly to employees in paper format. Service Level Impact: This conversion will limit the family access to general benefit and open enrollment information, as well as making access for field personnel more difficult. Payroll process will be fully automated eliminating paper timesheets, leave request forms, and pay stubs. Service Level Impact: Cost savings and efficiency will be gained by eliminating paper generation, processing, and storage. Job applicants submitting online applications will receive an automatic e-mail response rather than a personalized letter at the end of the recruitment process. Only veterans (as required by law) and applicants receiving an interview will receive a personalized letter. Service Level Impact: Applicants will no longer receive a personalized letter with an explanation of why they were not selected for an interview. Elimination of paid newspaper advertisements for job vacancies. Service Level Impact: This option will save approximately $1,970 per job posting; but may limit the knowledge of job openings. Formation and administration of a Volunteer Service Corps. Service Level Impact: Individual volunteers and volunteer groups will be utilized to augment and enhance City service delivery. Program volunteers will aide in the mitigation of service level reductions instituted in response to budget cuts.

  30. Public Information Major Service Level Changes Eliminate city calendar print project. Service Level Impact: The city calendar is a tool to communicate city council and other committee meetings to the public. The public will need to rely on other tools to get this information (i.e., City website). Eliminate April edition of City-School News print project, release City-School News annually in October. Service Level Impact: One less traditional print communication tool will be sent to residents. There will be more reliance on online communication tools which will not reach all of our residents. Eliminate City Beat employee newsletter. Replace with departmental postings on Intranet. Service Level Impact: Departments will be responsible for keeping information up to date. Transition from print to technology communications. Service Level Impact: We will potentially leave out a segment of our population that does not use the City website or other technology applications. Enhanced customer service for the organization to include a centralized customer service focus, including a 311 call center to serve as a customer service expeditor and to offload non-emergency 911 telephone calls. Service Level Impact: Simplified citizen access, enhanced citizen engagement, greater staff accountability for reliable information, and tracking of citizen requests for service for deployment of resources. This will change the focus of Public Information. Therefore, there will need to be a reduction in print, sight/sound, and other public information tools to build department capacity.

  31. Public Safety Major Service Level Changes Eliminate/reduce the city's fiscal involvement with the school crossing guard program. For the 2009/2010 school year we will reduce the number of crossing locations where crossing guards have been used historically. Service Level Impact: Reduction in the number of intersections covered by crossing guards. Elimination of school liaison officer program. School district will no longer fund a full position and we believe having just one officer for the entire district will not be effective. The position will not be filled. Service Level Impact: Schools will no longer have the services of an on-site police officer to intervene in student issues or conduct investigation into minor crimes. Transfer of Fire Marshal duties to Community Development. Service Level Impact: The transfer of duties normally done by the Fire Marshal will have the effect of increasing the scheduled inspection times and building permit review by the employees in Community Development.

  32. Public Safety Major Service Level Changes continued Assistant Fire Marshal position will be transferred to shift. Duties related to on-going fire code questions outside of those assumed by Community Development will be handled by the shifts. Service Level Impact: Some of the duties will reduce available time of the fire crews; however the knowledge of the Assistant Fire Marshal in the areas of inspections and pre-planning will be brought to the shift level improving the quality of commercial inspections and pre-planning. Due to the resignation of one of the deputy directors and the decision that the position will not be replaced; there will be a single deputy director over both operational divisions. Service Level Impact: The deputy director will need to reduce/eliminate/transfer some of the functions currently handled and assume the increased responsibility of managing the Fire operations in addition to the Police operations. Two fire commanders are retiring and just one will be replaced. With this decision we will realign the fire division structure to establish two fire commanders working alternate schedules to provide administrative oversight for the division and mentoring of newly created positions of shift leadership. Service Level Impact: Selection and training of the new shift leaders and the commander will consume time of the remaining commander and the persons selected to fill the positions. The fire division will incorporate GIS into their pre-planning efforts to streamline that effort, Service Level Impact: As GIS and other computerized processes are brought into the fire pre-planning program there will be a highly improved end product; one that can be available at any fire scene immediately through the use of computers thus eliminating the carrying of large, cumbersome books on the fire rigs. Response to medicals will be further reduced. Service Level Impact: Afford the firefighters more time for their completion of commercial inspections and fire pre-planning.

  33. Public Safety Major Service Level Changes continued Online police incident reporting will be implemented to reduce the numbers of times officers need to respond to minor calls for service. Service Level Impact: We estimate the implementation of online reporting to result in a 5% reduction in patrol officer responses within the first six months. Time saved will be applied to directed activities such as traffic enforcement and problem-solving efforts by the patrol officers. Investigator schedules will be modified to include evening hours. Service Level Impact: Potential to free up some of the patrol officers time for more patrol and problem-solving duties. Hours of the part-time Community Service Officers will be reduced by 50%. Service Level Impact: This will result in less support of patrol in such areas as traffic control at accidents and the handling of some calls for service. It will likewise result in decreased special patrols in the parks and ramps, some of which may be assumed by our volunteer reserve officers. We will stop conducting tobacco compliance checks. Service Level Impact: Potential for more juveniles to access smoking products. Alcohol servers training will be reduced to two times per year and will be limited to Gold Star members.

  34. Public Safety Major Service Level Changes continued End our participation in the school district's career expo event, an annual day of exhibition and interaction for juniors in high school. Reduce our participation in numerous public education/outreach efforts by 75%, including, but not limited to: Senior Expo, Night to Unite, Popsicles in the Park, Bicycle Safety Rally, Safety Camp, Open House, Homestretch, Citizens Academy, building tours and determine if our efforts need to be condensed into semi-annual or quarterly outreach events. Service Level Impact: Citizens, especially children, will have a greatly reduced positive learning experience with police and fire. End our participation in the enforcement of parking permits in the MSUM neighborhoods and train neighborhood volunteers to issue tickets. This neighborhood is the only permit parking zone not handled by the residents. Service Level Impact: Will free up approximately 15 hours per week of Community Service Officer time that can be redirected to support of patrol/fire operations. Volunteers in other neighborhoods only reply to complaints of illegal parking and we anticipate the same procedure would be implemented in this neighborhood. Reduce the number of overtime hours dedicated to providing the downtown foot patrols. Service Level Impact: Officers will not be in position to observe some of the illegal activity and we will have to rely on the calls to dispatch and officers will be sent when problems occur

  35. Public Safety Major Service Level Changes continued Reduce City's financial contribution to the police explorer program. Eliminate conducting of drug court checks. Service Level Impact: Drug Court has impacted many lives by getting people back to being sober, employed, and productive. Random checks were designed to ensure participants were remaining sober and following the directions of the court. An erosion of this program can have a very negative effect on the continued success of the program. Ending of the Adopt an Offender Program that had officers making regular, but random, checks on the registered predatory offenders in Mankato to ensure they were living where they reported. Service Level Impact: Ensuring that registered predatory offenders are in compliance with their requirement of notifying local authorities and the Minnesota Department of Corrections results in our ability to accurately track these potentially dangerous persons. We will no longer have accurate information nor will we be able to notify the DOC when a violation occurs.

  36. Public Works Major Service Level Changes continued Reduce banner changeouts to once per year for the holiday season--otherwise require organizations requesting banners to pay for the banner changeout service. Current standard is to replace banners on approximately a monthly basis for organizations that have provided banners to the City. The standard banner will be the City Center Banner. Service Level Impact: Shifts the financial burden for erecting banners to the requesting agency. Identify low impact areas and reduce city-wide mowing operations by 10%. Current standard is to mow all City property on a rotating schedule. A mowing operations plan will be completed by end of FY 2009. Service Level Impact: There will be the appearance that some areas are not being maintained. Reduce operating hours by 33% at Tourtellotte Pool--new hours are to be Noon - 6 PM. The pool is currently open from Noon until 9 PM. Service Level Impact: Reduced pool hours for patrons. Reduce crosswalk painting to major arterials and school areas only.

  37. Public Works Major Service Level Changes continued Airport operations developed a mowing plan where only key areas are kept at a 4-inch height. All other areas will be allowed to grow to 8 inches. Current standard is four inches for the entire airfield. Service Level Impact: This will have an aesthetic impact at the airport. Airport snow plowing operations are being modified to include three stages for plowing. Service Level Impact: Pilots will not have immediate access to their hangars during snow events and will need to request service if the plowing operations have not reached Stage Three. Inventory all landscaping areas and transition areas to sustainable perennial plantings. Current standard is that most landscaped areas contain some amount of annual plantings. Annual plantings will be contained to Sibley Park and the Downtown Core area. Hanging baskets will be reduced by 50%. There will be an increase in annual potted plantings in the City Center; however, this will only occur if there is are businesses/groups/individuals that adopt the planter(s). A planting plan will be finalized by the end of FY 2009. Service Level Impact: Landscaping elements will continue; however, the use of annuals will be constricted to Sibley Park and the Downtown Core unless there are volunteers that area willing to maintain the annuals.

  38. Public Works Major Service Level Changes continued Implement a new, more frequent snow emergency policy that includes small consecutive events that produce more than three inches of accumulation. Service Level Impact: More frequent inconvenience for residents who will need to remove their vehicles from City streets to allow for more efficient plowing operations. Implement a new snow removal plan that focuses on main arterials and collectors until the snow event has ceased--residential plowing will commence after the snow event. All streets are now plowed during the snow event. Service Level Impact: Residential streets will not always be plowed for the early morning commute and will have more buildup than previously experienced. Reduce salt usage by 25% and replace with sand. Sand will provide traction, but won't allow packed snow and ice to melt as quickly from the surface. Currently the City uses 100% salt for most applications. Service Level Impact: Less exposed pavement and dirtier streets as sand usage increases. Salt usage in residential areas will be limited to safety needs only. Service Level Impact: Less bare pavement on residential streets; slower traffic speeds. The following hills will be closed during major snow events: Parkway Avenue, Monks Avenue, Warren Street, and Stadium Road. One lane in either direction will be cleared on all other major hills until the snow event has ended. Service Level Impact: Inconvenience; residents will need to find alternate routes to transport to and from the hilltop area.

  39. Public Works Major Service Level Changes continued Only salt and sand trucks will be dispatched during small snow events (less than 1.5" of expected accumulation). Plow trucks will be dispatched after the snow event has ended. Service Level Impact: More accumulation on the streets resulting in slower traffic speeds. Leaf pickup will be reduced from a six-week period to a four-week period. SMC's compost site is available for free disposal for all other times. Service Level Impact: Convenience for residents Appliance pickup will no longer be a free service. Service Level Impact: It will cost residents $12/appliance for pickup; but it will allow the City to schedule more pickup service. A reduced street sweeping plan will be implemented for residential areas focusing on the spring and fall--key areas (arterials & downtown) will continue to receive the same service. Currently streets are swept on a more frequent basis. Service Level Impact: Aesthetics, more dirt will tend to build up on the streets. Change vehicle and equipment depreciation to a monthly rate versus the current mileage or hourly based system. Service Level Impact: Department directors will have consistent information to better manage the replacement periods on the vehicle and equipment inventory reducing overall capital costs.

  40. 2011 Economic Outlook

  41. 2011 and Beyond Economic recovery is expected to be long. Unresolved State budget problem will continue to impact Minnesota Cities who are dependent on LGA. Need to build organizational capacity to meet future challenges.

  42. 201l Economic Outlook We will continue to align our services and strategic initiatives with our Vision and Values despite economic challenges. Vision Leading the way as a prosperous diverse regional community. Values R ESPONSIVE Prompt to respond and serve E FFICIENT Highest performance at greatest economy G REATER GOOD Serve for the good of the community and region I NNOVATIVE Embracing new ideas and methods to improve service delivery O PEN Spirit of accessibility in policy making and operation N EIGHBORLY Concern and compassion for others

  43. Dates of Importance September 14, 2009 Last (final) opportunity to adopt a preliminary property tax levy for certification to Blue Earth County and Nicollet County September 15, 2009 Citizen input website tool deployed October 19, 2009 City Council presented with budget document and CIP October 26, 2008 Budget Work Session 6:00-9:00 (immediately following the Council Meeting) November 2, 2009 Budget Work Session 3:00-9:00 pm (Administrative Services, Civic Center, Community Development, Public Safety, and Public Works)

  44. Dates of Importance continued November 16, 2009 Budget Work Session 3:00 – 6:00 pm (Engineering and CIP) November 23, 2009 Budget Work Session – Budget Recap/Council Questions November 25, 2009 Publication of Notice of Truth in Taxation Hearing December 7, 2009 City Council Meeting - Truth in Taxation hearing and 2010 budget presentation December 14, 2009 Adoption of final property tax levy amounts and the adoption of the 2010 budget (continuation of Truth in Taxation Hearing- if necessary) December 18, 2009 Certification of final property tax levy and budget to Blue Earth & Nicollet County