Reedsburg believed it qualified for the expenditure restraint program after it passed the 2019 budget, even with an error causing a 6.2% increase in taxes. City Administrator Tim Becker said the city found out in April it didn’t qualify for the program and the council plans to review and possibly amend the budget to qualify for the program.
The special meeting is scheduled for 5:15 p.m. May 20 at Reedsburg City Hall. The council will review and possibly take action to amend the 2019 budget and resubmit it to the state to hopefully qualify for the program.
The council approved the $6.1 million budget last November. Shortly after the budget was passed, then City Administrator Stephen Compton said he mistakenly used the wrong numbers to calculate and build the 2019 budget. Compton resigned from the position Dec. 19. Becker took over as interim administrator and was appointed as the city’s full time administrator in February.
In a separate interview after the May 13 common council meeting, Becker said the error “misrepresented one of the numbers” in the 2019 budget. He said both expenditure and revenue sides of the budget need adjusting by $43,500 for the budget to balance and qualify for the expenditure restraint program.
According to the Department of Revenue, the expenditure restraint program “provides unrestricted aid to qualifying municipalities that limit growth in spending.”
“We thought we had done that but there was an error with the numbers so we have to go back and change it,” Becker said. “It’s not a huge deal, but it’s something that has to be done officially for us to submit those numbers to the state.”
Revised emergency management plan
Two additions were made to the city’s emergency operations plan to respond to future flooding events. The updated plan includes adding two annexes regarding city flood response and debris management. Becker said the changes were made from lessons learned during the 2018 floods and at the request of FEMA. Part of the additions to the city flood response include coordinating a meeting with department heads to review the status of flood levels, creating a log to record river levels and flood updates and several communication methods keeping the public updated during a flood.
Changes were also made to historical numbers and information for use in a local disaster. The council unanimously approved the updated plan.
City Clerk/Treasurer and Finance Director Jacob Crosetto said the city’s investment with American Money Market account and American Term Deposits generated almost $71,000 in interest throughout 2018. The amount is higher than the $17,000 in interest the city generated from the local government investment pool. Crosetto said $9.7 million is invested in American Deposit Management including about $1 million through tax collections that will be used for operations. The interest is reinvested into the accounts and hasn’t been touched, Crosetto said.
The council approved to pursue an investor agreement with American Deposit Management in April 2018 to store extra cash on hand into low risk investment options attempting to generate additional interest.
The council unanimously approved adopting the Sauk County Natural Hazard Mitigation Plan from 2019-2024.
The council unanimously approved appointing Linda Bruun to the library board.
Mayor David Estes issued two mayoral proclamations recognizing May 2019 as Drowning Prevention and National Water Safety Month and the week of May 12-19 as national police week.