On April 14, 2011, the City Manager delivered his budget message and presented the Proposed Budget for FY 2012 to the Budget Committee. The budget was balanced at $44,158,000 and although it does not provide everything for everyone's interest, it does maintain current service levels in the most frugal and balanced manner considering the difficult economic times we all find ourselves in.
The budget message and Proposed Budget are available below for your review. The Proposed Budget was delivered in a working state to the Budget Committee because it is just that, a working proposed budget. The Adopted Budget is the more polished document complete with table of contents, demographic information, glossary, and all of the other usual budget-related information typically seen in final budget documents adopted by City Councils.
On April 28, 2011, the Budget Committee approved the Proposed Budget with two amendments turning over their recommended Approved Budget to the final phase of the budget process with the City Council. There was additional opportunity for public testimony when the budget was considered for adoption by the City Council on June 7, 2011. The FY 2012 budget is scheduled to go into effect on July 1, 2011 and includes the following utility rate increases as recommended by the Citizen Utility Advisory Board (CUAB) to cover projects listed in the Capital Improvement Plan: 0% increase in the Street Fee, 15.5% in Water, 7% in Wastewater, and 7.5% in Stormwater resulting in an overall average increase of approximately 9% in your monthly utility bill or approximately $5.40 per month. The CUAB recognized the difficulties everyone is experiencing in today’s economy and after smoothing out the needed infrastructure projects over the next five years, developed these recommendations focusing on the minimum percentage impact possible to all citizens of Milwaukie.
On June 7, 2011, the City Council adopted the Approved Budget and the now Adopted Budget is available below for your review. The Adopted Budget is effective July 1, 2011, and includes utility rate increases as recommended by the Citizen Utility Advisory Board (CUAB) to cover projects listed in the Capital Improvement Plan.
As a reminder, the City of Milwaukie continues to offer its residential customers a Low Income Utility Program. This reduced rate program is a waiver of the established base charge for water service; one half of the established base charge for wastewater (sewer) and storm water service; one-half of the established volume charge for wastewater service; and waiver of the street maintenance fee. For more information on the eligibility requirements for the Low Income Utility Program, please visit: http://www.ci.milwaukie.or.us/finance/low-income-program or call (503) 786-7525.