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2013-2014 Budget - City of Clawson

2013-2014 Budget - City of Clawson

Rubbish Collection &

Rubbish Collection & Disposal Fund $ 754,000 Major/Local Street Funds 846,595 Downtown Development Authority 194,730 Library Fund 478,520 Senior Citizens Housing Fund 73,500 Water & Sewer Fund 4,109,760 Motor Equipment Fund 370,570 TOTAL $ 6,827,675 The Rubbish Collection & Disposal Fund pays the cost of the collection contract and the recycling disposal contract with the Southeastern Oakland County Resource Recovery Authority (SOCRRA). The collection contract was bid by SOCRRA for all of the member communities of SOCRRA and awarded in 2007. There was a savings for the collection contract and that savings was recognized for six years in the budget, but due to the drop in property values, we now have to transfer money from the General Fund to balance the budget. Taxable values for property have dropped to a level that will not allow the tax revenue to cover the expenditures of this fund. We will be transferring $72,000 from the General Fund to supplement this fund. As I mentioned earlier in this message, we will be asking voters in November to approve the difference between the Headlee rolled back millage rate and the 3 mills allowed by State law. Should the millage fail, we would have to look at discontinuing curbside yard waste pickup and curbside leak pick up in the Fall. The City Council instituted a sidewalk repair program several years ago. All residential properties are paying an annual fee of $25 to be placed into a restricted fund for annual sidewalk replacement only. We have utilized the Sidewalk Replacement Fund in the areas where water mains have been replaced under the sidewalk on one side of the street and then additional needed repairs are made at that time on the other side of the street. The City is continuing to work on the area in the Northwest corner of the City during 2013-2014 and will start to work south from that area. It will likely take another three to four years to completely make the first pass through the City. We are also considering adding a $40-$50 fee annually for commercial properties to our sidewalk fund so that they can be included in the program in future years. The goal is that all sidewalks will be repaired and/or replaced approximately every 10-12 years with every resident and commercial property only having to pay this annual fee. We are currently generating about $110,000 per year, which would increase should we add commercial properties to the program. The City of Clawson is at the end of the final completion phase of an important and aggressive road and infrastructure replacement initiative. Thanks to the support of our residents the bond millage passed in August 2006. Many of our residential streets, 14 Mile Road, and North Main Street were reconstructed since 2007. We have also replaced a significant amount of extremely old water mains and sewer lines where possible. North Selfridge is currently being replaced and will expend the remainder of the road and infrastructure bond funds. We were not able to complete all of the roads that needed repair, but the worst rated roads in Clawson Budget Message – Page 4

were the ones that were replaced or repaired. We will address the additional needs in the near future with the welcome input of our businesses and residents. The Downtown Development Authority (DDA) has continued to be extremely active in moving the downtown business district forward. The DDA received National Main Street Recognition and joined the Oakland County Main Street program during the past year. The City has applied for grant funding to provide pedestrian islands and signalized crossings on 14 Mile Road in the Downtown area. We will also look to add more pedestrian friendly amenities for walkers and bikers in our City. Although revenues are also down in our DDA area, we continue to work with our residents and businesses to move Clawson’s popularity closer to a Downtown destination. The DDA once again will levy 1.9734 mills throughout the district, as allowed by Public Act 197 of 1975. Property tax revenues for the 2013-2014 budget year are expected to be $133,000. The Blair Memorial Library established as a Public Act 164 of 1877 Library seven years ago will enter its eighth year as a separate fund from the General Fund. The Library Fund has a budget of $478,520. We will have sufficient revenue to keep our Library open for 40 hours once again this year. The Library Board continues to make the decisions that are best for our library to be an integral part of our community. We continue to have two full-time staff members and a great group of part-time workers who help our patrons find whatever they need. We are pleased that the residents in Clawson continue to support our Library. The $1.5 million expansion project that was concluded in 2010, helped to expand our Library to serve our Clawson Community more completely. Ten year bonds were sold to finance the expansion and payments continue to pay that debt off by 2020. The levy for operations is 1.3240 mills and the levy for debt service is .57 mills. The Senior Citizens Housing Fund is responsible for the operation of the Renshaw Senior Apartments. The principal source of revenue for the Fund is from the monthly rental fee for the 15 apartments. Beginning July 1, 2013, the rents will be increased $10. 00 per month for the fourteen (14) one-bedroom units and the one (1) efficiency unit. The rent for the 14 units will now be $430/month and $400/month respectively. An operating transfer of $30,000 will be made to the General Fund once again this budget year. General maintenance of the apartments is planned including carpeting and appliances. The Water & Sewer Utility Fund is in the fourteenth year of an ongoing plan to upgrade the City’s water distribution system. With the passage of the road and infrastructure millage in August 2006, the City is completing replacement of water mains that are in the worst condition. The City sold bonds through low interest rates of the State Revolving Fund (SRF) during 2012-2013. The SRF Loan project will be completed in the 2013-2014 budget year. This program is replacing and restoring the poorest condition sewer lines throughout the City. We received a grant for sewer video which was completed four years ago and the City Engineer has determined the level of disrepair in the oldest sewer lines. We received the okay to sell bonds through the SRF program though the Michigan DEQ. This project created a sewer debt service payment on the water and sewer bill that will drop to $10.95 per quarter from the prior $13.05 per quarter for each residential meter Budget Message – Page 5

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