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|Fine, Fee Increases Top Galesburg City Council Agenda; Management System Not on Agenda After All
|A couple pieces of the City of Galesburg's budget for the coming calendar-slash-fiscal years should be much clearer after Monday night's Galesburg City Council meeting.
Aldermen Monday will vote on a series of nearly across-the-board fine and fee increases first discussed a couple months ago, ranging from increased liquor license costs to golf cart rental, to parking tickets -- all estimated to increase revenues by 100-thousand dollars a year and help plug a million dollar budget hole.
City Manager Dane Bragg says it's just been too long since many of the fees have been increased, and hopes that won't happen again.
"Many of these fees and fines have not been increases in 25 years or more," Bragg said. "We feel that it is prudent to get this taken care of. In addition, we would like to establish an annual review of the fines and fees for the council, so we don't go another 25 years on some of these particular ones."
Third Ward Alderman Russell Fleming says he doesn't want an annual review, knowing what that will lead to. "I think these fines should be set and not escalate every year," Fleming said. "People should have an idea of what they're going to be fined if they violate something. To just adjust this every year, to me, is just wrong. 25 years may be too long to go on some things, but every year just seems like excess to me."
Bragg told WGIL over the weekend that despite it being on the agenda, and despite a published report to the contrary, a proposed $118,000 strategic management system related to the recent Galesburg visioning process will NOT be considered Monday night.
The Galesburg City Council will hold a budget work session on the proposed property tax levy for the coming year at seven o'clock Monday night, then they'll convene into their regular meeting at 7:30.
|11 01 09 by Newsroom
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