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|Numerous Fine and Fee Increases Proposed to Galesburg City Council
|Nearly every type of fine and fee the City of Galesburg imposes would go up under a proposal that's been given to aldermen in support of helping shore up a million dollar budget deficit; but in some cases, aldermen were left shaking their heads wondering why some of those fees haven't been raised sooner.
City Manager Dane Bragg presented the proposal to the City Council during a budget work session Monday night. Everything from filling a swimming pool, to staying at the Allison Lake Storey Campground would go up under Bragg's proposal, as would the cost of obtaining any of the city's 11 different liquor licenses.
Liquor license increases didn't cause concern among aldermen, until it was learned those fees haven't been increased in 25 years.
First Ward Alderman Ken Goad says that's too long. "Can we, as a council, set some kind of a policy that every X number of years, two to three years, that all of the things we saw (Monday night) are automatically reviewed?" Goad asked. "That way, we do not wait 25 years like some of these have been."
Most aldermen agreed, though a specific timeframe for review wasn't set. The liquor license changes would be the longest in coming. Some fees were raised as recently as 2007 while others like a license for an alarm system, haven't been touched since 1992.
Bragg did present a first draft of the city's full budget for next year to aldermen. He says it's balanced, but is predicated on all of the proposals he's made in recent weeks, including the voluntary employee separation program being implemented.
|10 06 09 by Newsroom
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