Wayland City budget shows increase for police, raises

Virginia Ransbottom, Staff Writer

No sewer, water rate or millage increases are expected to be in the City of Wayland’s 2014-15 budget. 

At least that’s according to the preliminary budget draft  for which city council members set a public hearing Monday, July 16, at 7 p.m. It will include a truth in taxation hearing.
A preliminary draft of the overall budget for next fiscal year shows an increase in revenue of approximately 13.24 percent but also an increase in expenditures of 21.94 percent. 
While the estimated spending plan is $5.3 million, estimated revenues are $5.4 million. Last year’s spending plan was approximately $4.4 million with $4.8 million in revenues.
Taxable value for real property rose from $78 million in 2013 to $83 million tentatively in 2014; personal property rose from $11.2 million in 2013 to $16.8 million projected in 2014.
The largest increase in expenditures comes from the police budget, said city manager Mike Selden at the council meeting Monday, June 2.

For full story, pick up a copy of the June 5 issue of The Allegan County News or subscribe to the e-edition.

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