The Marysville City Council met in special session Tuesday, July 8th ahead of a scheduled budget workshop. Following two fifteen minute executive sessions, a motion was approved to redact and release a previous memo. The special session was then adjourned, and council began the workshop.
Discussion followed on a potential tractor replacement, possible acquisition of a mower trailer, a snow plow for a recently acquired truck, and the shortage of asphalt available in the area for street projects.
A proposed budget draft was presented by City Administrator Rick Shain, with a reduction of approximately 1.2 mills. Carla Grund presented alternates to the proposal, calling for transfer of $100,000 from the sales tax fund in 2015 to the general fund, resulting in an approximate 4 mill reduction. She further proposed reducing $50,000 in ad valorem taxes from the bond and interest fund, resulting in an approximate 2 mill reduction. Shain expressed concern with the alternates, pointing out that drawing down the bond and interest fund would not allow for future general obligation projects, or would severely limit the size of them, once the fund is paid down in 2018. He also expressed concern that the practice of using sales tax proceeds for the general fund would not allow for special project funding in the future, and will eventually lead to folding the sales tax into the general fund. Grund indicated that she was in favor of developing a five year plan, and paying with available funds. Council consensus was to proceed with incorporating the proposals for review in July, with a budget hearing slated for August.