Superior Mayor Lays Out 2014 Budget

By KBJR News 1

August 21, 2013 Updated Aug 21, 2013 at 5:19 PM CST

Superior, WI (NNCNOW.com) --- Superior Mayor Bruce Hagen presented his 20-14 budget plan to the Superior City Council Tuesday.

"We're operating on about a 27 million, 27 and a half million dollar budget," said Hagen.

That budget amount includes an increase of 195 thousand dollars over last year, but Mayor Hagen points out that the city budget has been consistent for many years.

"which is interesting. Costs continue to rise but we haven't raised the budget level or levy in a long time," said Hagen.

Superior City Council President, Warren Bender, says the increase could lead to higher property tax for homeowners.

"Taxes are always gonna go up in some way, shape or form but the city has been working to do as much as they can to hold the line on that," said Bender.

The budget proposal includes a two-percent increase in wages for city workers.

"Our employees haven't had raises in three years. We're losing employees to private sector, we are no longer as competitive as some people believe that we are," said Hagen.

Nearly 50 public works projects are on the docket for next year, with one point eight million dollars alone going towards road repair and construction.

"I want to keep the level of street maintenance and construction at a higher level than what we have witnessed in the past," said Hagen.

The mayor was proud to point out that under his proposal there would be no city employee layoffs

"We have reduced the staffing to a critical, and when I say critical level, in danger, with providing services that the people expect, enjoy and deserve. I will resist that any level or cost," said Hagen.

The city Council is expected to vote on the budget proposal in September.

"All in all, I would say a very good job has been done on the budget," said Bender.

Mayor Hagen says 85% of the city budget goes to personnel, benefits and insurance.

Written and posted to the web by Raeanna Marnati
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