HOLLAND, MI (WHTC) - Just as residents have to sift priorities in formulating family budgets, Holland’s leaders must do the same on a larger scale.
That’s the premise behind the annual planning retreat that was held over the weekend. City Council members huddled with City Manager Ryan Cotton and other staffers for separate sessions on Friday evening and most of the day on Saturday, going over lists of needs and wants for the Tulip City that can be figured into a proposed Fiscal 2015 municipal budget.
Unlike recent years, when decreased revenues and increased expenses forced the city to cut back on spending, the apparent economic turnaround has led council members to resume wishing for capital improvement projects such as renovating the Holland Civic Center, developing the shoreline of Lake Macatawa, and improving city parks, among other things. However, there are some matters such as road repairs that are not optional in terms of budgeting them in for next fiscal year, as Mayor Kurt Dykstra admitted beforehand.
Cotton is expected to present his proposed spending plan to Council in April, followed by a May vote.