Council gets first look at FY2016-17 budget


The Wayne City Council spent more than three hours Tuesday evening discussing the 2016-17 fiscal year budget and asking questions of city managers on topics ranging from activity services to law enforcement.
City finance director Nancy Braden helped facilitate the extended budget work session as the council looked over a potential 2016-17 fiscal year budget of about $35.7 million, which is a little more than 3 percent higher than the 2015-16 fiscal year budget of $34.4 million.
Braden said the city won’t know a final levy until they receive valuation numbers from the county later on this month, but she told the council that she expects a levy at or below last year’s rate of 45.0295 cents per $100 of valuation. The initial budget request for 2016-17 checks in at 44.9325 cents, a drop of about a tenth of a cent.
Braden said she will be taking all of the council’s questions and suggestions on the budget to come up with a final budget that the Council will consider for approval at its Sept. 6 meeting. The Wayne Herald will have more details on the 2016-17 fiscal year budget in our Aug. 11 edition of the newspaper.
The City Council spent much of the balance of Tuesday’s meeting approving a number of resolutions and requests, including a request by Grace Lutheran Church to block off a portion of 10th Street for a Sunday School Rally Day that will be held on Sunday, Sept. 11.
Senior Pastor Mike Feldman told the Council that the church is hosting the Sunday School Rally Day, which got a good response last year with more than 150 participants. The street will be blocked off near the Willow Bowl between Main and Logan streets so that picnic tables can be placed in the street.
The council also approved a request from the United Methodist Church on a cost-share agreement to replace part of a 50-foot stretch of alley behind the Verizon building between Sixth and Seventh streets. The council approved a request to pay for half of the cost of the construction, which will amount to $2,762.50.
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