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City Council to Review Proposed Budget in Work-Study Session Tonight


HOLLAND, MI (WHTC) - A week before a public hearing and final vote on a proposed municipal budget for fiscal 2013, the Holland City Council goes over the spending plan put forward bynew CityManager Ryan Cotton during a work-study session in chambers tonight.

The 19.7 million-dollar general fund blueprint includes a tax hike of as much as one mill to 15.25 mills in order to pay down past debts, and to prevent layoffs. This evening’s session looks at three options to deal with balancing the budget, with a consensus decision will be put into next Wednesday’s business meeting agenda. According to Mayor Kurt Dykstra, a two million-dollar shortfall is tied to a four-year fall in property values, a drop that won’t be made up, according to some local observers, until 2019. However, the tax increase may not be as large when the city’s new spending plan is finally approved, as state law prevents local municipalities from increasing the rate once it is officially posted in public.

There will also be a special business meeting before the work-study discussion, with members asked to vote on an employee compensation plan as it deals with the Michigan Economic Vitality Incentive Program, and there will be a closed-door session with City Attorney Andrew Mulder to discuss pending, undisclosed litigation.