FY23 Budget Public Hearing moved to Tuesday, March 22 at 6pm

FY23 Budget Public Hearing moved to Tuesday, March 22 at 6pm

NOTICE OF RE-SCHEDULED PUBLIC HEARING REGARDING THE FY23 BUDGET

The Public Hearing of the Riverdale City Council will be held in the Community Room of Riverdale’s City Hall at 6:00 pm on Tuesday, March 22, 2022, in accordance with open meeting laws set and defined by the State of Iowa. At the public hearing, any resident or taxpayer may present comments and objections concerning the FY23 city budget under consideration by the City Council.

A copy of the official notice will run on Sunday, March 13, in the Quad-City Times. A hard copy of the notice sent to the paper can be downloaded by clicking here.

FY23 Budget Hearing Meeting Packet
FY23 Budget Filing (Proposed)


 

FY23 Budget Workshop held on Tuesday, February 22, 2022

FY23 Budget Workshop held on Tuesday, February 22, 2022

NOTICE OF PUBLIC WORK SESSION

An additional Budget Work Session of the Riverdale City Council was held as a public meeting in the Community Room of Riverdale’s City Hall at 5:00 pm on Tuesday, February 22, 2022, in accordance with open meeting laws set and defined by the State of Iowa.

What happened?

FY23 Budget Workshop Packet
FY23 Budget Workshop Agenda
FY23 Budget Workshop Minutes
FY 2023 Riverdale Budget Presentation

City Administrator Kent Royster presented recommended budgets for all departments within the City. Copies of the budget documents were presented at the meeting and were included in the packet.

Mayor Anthony Heddlesten presented a series of informational graphs to help explain the proposed FY23 budget:

FY23 Max Levy workshop held Tuesday, February 22, 2022

FY23 Max Levy workshop held Tuesday, February 22, 2022

NOTICE OF PUBLIC INFORMATION SESSION

This Public Workshop/Information Session for the residents and taxpayers of Riverdale was held in the Community Room of Riverdale’s City Hall at the appointed time  (6 pm on Tuesday, February 22, 2022) and in accordance with open meeting laws set and defined by the State of Iowa.

February 22, 2022 Max Levy Workshop Agenda
February 22, 2022 Max Levy Workshop Packet
February 22, 2022 Max Levy Workshop Minutes

 

FY23 Budget Workshop held on Tuesday, February 8, 2022

FY23 Budget Workshop held on Tuesday, February 8, 2022

NOTICE OF PUBLIC WORK SESSION

This Budget Work Session of the Riverdale City Council was held as a public meeting in the Community Room of Riverdale’s City Hall at 6:00 pm on Tuesday, February 8, 2022, in accordance with open meeting laws set and defined by the State of Iowa.

What happened?

Public Works Budget Workshop Agenda
Public Works Budget Workshop Packet 
Public Works Budget Workshop Minutes

City Administrator Kent Royster and Mayor Anthony Heddlesten explained the process used to set the budgets for the Public Works, Culture and Recreation and Sanitary Sewer Departments within the City. Copies of the budget documents were presented at the meeting and were included in the packet.

FY23 Max Levy workshop held Tuesday, February 8, 2022

FY23 Max Levy workshop held Tuesday, February 8, 2022

NOTICE OF PUBLIC INFORMATION SESSION

This Public Workshop/Information Session for the residents and taxpayers of Riverdale was held in the Community Room of Riverdale’s City Hall at the appointed time  (6:30 pm on Tuesday, February 8, 2022) and in accordance with open meeting laws set and defined by the State of Iowa.

February 8, 2022 Max Levy Workshop Minutes

What’s on the agenda?

FY23 Maximum Levy Review Packet
FY23 Maximum Levy Review Agenda

The State of Iowa requires every city to hold a public hearing to present its plans for property tax levies that will be in effect the next fiscal year. While that official public hearing will take place later in February, the City will be hosting a public information session for interested citizens and taxpayers so they may ask questions and register any concerns or complaints they may have as part of the process.

A copy of the agenda for Tuesday’s workshop/information session is linked to this post as is a larger packet that includes both the agenda and a lengthy memo explaining how the proposed tax levies were developed and the next steps in the process of developing a budget for FY23 (which runs from July 1, 2022 through June 30, 2023).

Public Comment

Public comment at this meeting will be accepted in the same manner as comments raised during a public hearing. According to Section 384.15A (5)(a) of the Iowa Code, residents and/or property owners of the City can express their objections orally or in writing. After receiving and considering all of the objections, the City Council may decide to decrease (not increase) the proposed maximum property tax dollar amount and then set it as part of the next year’s budget.

Budget Workshop Dates for FY23

Budget Workshop Dates for FY23

City staff has been hard at work analyzing past years’ budgets and assembling estimated costs for a variety of projects currently under consideration for the coming year and beyond.

Join City Administrator Kent Royster and members of the City Council as they walk through the initial budget for the coming fiscal year (which runs from July of 2022 through June of 2023) and let them know where you think the City should prioritize its investements in the community’s future.

All workshops start an hour before the City Council Meeting (at 6pm). Hard copies of budget documents will be available at the door.

Dates Time Subject
November 9, 2021 6:00 PM Workshop with Fire Department
November 23, 2021 6:00 PM Workshop with Administration
December 14, 2021 6:00 PM Workshop for Public Works including Sewer
February 8, 2022 6:00 PM Workshop to Review Capital Projects
February 22, 2022 6:00 PM Final Review of FY23 Budget

Following the final budget workshop, the City Administrator will prepare documents for a Max Levy hearing where the Council will discuss proposed tax rates for the coming year and solicit the input of residents and area businesses.

What happens after the Max Levy Rate has been established?

Once the Max Levy Rate (a tax cap) has been determined by the City Council, the Administrator will once again go through the budget and make some final tweaks before it is presented to the Community at a Budget Hearing and then to the City Council for review and certification. Once the FY23 Budget is certified by the Council, it is submitted to the County and is “official.”

FY23 Budget work session held on Tuesday, December 14, 2021

FY23 Budget work session held on Tuesday, December 14, 2021

REPORT OF PUBLIC WORK SESSION

This Public Work Session of the Riverdale City Council was held as a public meeting in the Community Room of Riverdale’s City Hall at the appointed time and in accordance with open meeting laws set and defined by the State of Iowa.

What happened?

December 14, 2021 FY23 Budget Workshop Agenda
December 14, 2021 FY23 Budget Workshop Packet
December 14, 2021 FY23 Budget Workshop Minutes
December 14, 2021 FY23 Budget Workshop Recording

The work session was called to order at 6:09 pm by Mayor Bawden.

City Administrator Kent Royster explained the process he will use to present the budget in pieces, reviewing the numbers with the City Council and the public on a department-by-department basis. For tonight’s meeting, Mr. Royster plans on presenting the Administrative Department (General Government) and will let Riverdale’s Fire Chief, Chris Bernard, present the department’s portion of the Fire and Public Safety Budget.

Copies of the budget documents presented at the meeting are included as supplements to these minutes.

The Mayor asked Mr. Royster to provide those in attendance with a copy of the spreadsheet created to show staff wages and the allocation of those wages across each City department.

Major projects for FY23 have yet to be identified and built into the budget. The City Council is expected to reach some consensus at a budget work session in January. That meeting will be open to the public, but there will not be an opportunity for direct questions and input from residents during that session.

Council members asked questions about expense allocations against prior budgets and the Mayor explained the planned review process that will be undertaken with the FY22 budget in order to draft budget resolution(s) for the current year and to then do a complete review and analysis of the FY21 budget to get the information in the City’s accounting system to square with the summary reports submitted to the State. The summary reports are correct, but the detail the City needs to operate and manage expenses is not clear.

Public Comment

Eric Syverud asked about what the City’s plans are to manage the maintenance costs for everything from mowing lawns to landscaping to snow plowing, etc. DCamp suggested that a variety of scenarios be prepared for Council review and evaluation. Krell reminded her colleagues that there will be another work session for Council in early July to discuss maintenance issues.

The maintenance discussion will be held on January 10 and the next work session for public input will be at 6pm on January 11, 2022.

The meeting was adjourned by Mayor Bawden at 6:52 pm.