On April 9, the Roseville City Council, seen here in February, received the proposed 2019-2020 fiscal year budget for the city. The council will vote to approve the budget at its regular council meeting on Tuesday, April 23 following a public hearing.

On April 9, the Roseville City Council, seen here in February, received the proposed 2019-2020 fiscal year budget for the city. The council will vote to approve the budget at its regular council meeting on Tuesday, April 23 following a public hearing.

File photo by Brendan Losinski


Roseville considers 2019-2020 budget

By: Brendan Losinski | Roseville - Eastpointe Eastsider | Published April 15, 2019

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ROSEVILLE — Roseville City Manager Scott Adkins presented his proposed budget for the 2019-2020 fiscal year to the Roseville City Council at its regular meeting April 9.

The plan includes a balanced budget of $42,917,484, and Adkins said it focused on balancing the budget while maintaining services to residents.

“It’s just maintenance of services,” said Adkins. “There are no major capital expansions or purchases. This covers all of our services citywide. We are working hard to monitor balances and expenditures. … There is no increase of tax or millage rates. There are no increases except for the pass-through rates from Great Lakes Water and Sewer, and those are 5% or lower annual increases.”

Adkins said the city is working hard to balance the differing needs of the community despite the financial challenges that have haunted Roseville since the 2008 housing crash.

“We are continuing responsible financial management. We think we are doing that while still continuing services to residents, even though we are facing increases in things like utility costs and health care costs,” he said. “We are looking for any bit of help we can find from grants and other sources to keep the cost to taxpayers down. We know there are issues statewide on road funding, but we are continuing to move forward on road projects.”

A public workshop to discuss the budget took place March 30. City officials said no major changes were made from the workshop and they received little input from community residents.

There will be an additional public hearing to discuss the proposed budget at the City Council’s regular meeting at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 23, at City Hall. The council will discuss any possible changes made during the public hearing. It then will vote whether to adopt the budget.

Roseville Mayor Robert Taylor expressed his support for the proposed budget and said that the city’s employees have done a good job in keeping its expenditures down.

“It’s a balanced budget, which is good,” Taylor said. “We’re looking at different types of funding to increase our fund balance. We’re hoping to unveil some new ideas to improve the fund balance this year while maintaining services for residents.”

He added that the budget did a good job addressing the most pressing needs of the city.

“Our biggest budget issues right now are our pension and health care costs and our streets,” said Taylor. “I’m not happy with how our streets look. Our local representatives are working to get the state to get to work on Gratiot (Avenue). This proposed budget is doing everything the city can to address this.”

Adkins said he is optimistic about the fate of the proposed budget with regard to the council approving it. He did say there is a larger issue at play that many communities such as Roseville have to deal with when planning their budget, which is the lack of sufficient revenue sharing from the state of Michigan. Adkins believes that until such matters are addressed, cities are fighting their financial battles with one hand tied behind their backs.

“We expect, based on the previous budget workshop and hearings, that the council will approve the budget as presented,” said Adkins. “There is a significant problem with the municipal finance system in this state, and communities like ours are losing millions of dollars in state revenue sharing, and we are hoping this will be corrected either legislatively or legally.”

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