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Get Involved! City Budget Discussions Under Way

City of Dearborn Fiscal Year 2015 budget discussions have begun.
City of Dearborn Fiscal Year 2015 budget discussions have begun.

Residents interested in following the discussion on the City of Dearborn’s proposed Fiscal Year 2015 budget can review the following schedule.

Budget sessions have already been held on several topics, including recreation and parks, police officer hiring, and retiree health care.

The schedule of remaining sessions is subject to change, and will be updated if necessary.

Important dates include the public hearing on the budget, which is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 20 in the City Council Chambers. The public is invited to give comments and ask questions about the proposed budget at this hearing.

The City Council is scheduled to adopt the proposed budget at a public meeting at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, May 22 in the City Council Chambers. The Fiscal Year 2015 budget begins July 1, 2014 and ends June 30, 2015.

Leading up to the budget hearing and adoption are workshops between Mayor John B. O’Reilly, Jr. and his administration and the City Council. These meetings are open to the public.

All budget workshops are at 5:30 p.m. in the Mayor’s Conference Room on the second floor of the east wing of City Hall.

The following is a tentative schedule, subject to change by the City Council:

  •         Tuesday, April 8. Topics: Dearborn Administrative Center renovation and relocation, and Library budget review.
  •         Monday, April 9. Topics: Public Works, including street repair, street sweeping, leaf program, and sewer maintenance.
  •         Monday, April 14. Topics: Fire Department, Consolidated Dispatch, and Police Department.
  •         Thursday, April 17. Topics: District Court; Parking System; and Proposed Budget , including tax and water/sewer rates, outstanding debt, and an overall question-and-answer session.
  •         Monday, April 28. Topics: Recreation and Parks, including Theater and Ball Room enhancements, Camp Dearborn planning, and Golf Course operations.
  •         Wednesday, April 30. Topics: Economic and Community Development, Management Information Systems, and Finance.
  •         Monday, May 5. Topics: Personal Property Phase-Out status and August election, Combined Sewer Overflow update and plans.
  •         Thursday, May 8. Topics: Contingency Session.

Documents related to the proposed Fiscal Year 2015 budget will be posted on a continuing basis in the Transparency section of the City of Dearborn website. Click here to access it.

Sajad Z April 04, 2014 at 06:41 AM
I heard on the radio that Dearborn was getting $4million from the state to help consolidate services with our neighbors. Is this old news? I don't recall seeingthe story on Patch
Joseph Borrajo April 04, 2014 at 07:56 PM
Consolidation of city services is a wise, revenue saving move. Didn't think what is a money saving exercise needed any external stimulus. P3

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