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Information Below Being Considered By The City Council On November 19, 2020

Budget Deliberation Schedule - Including Public Hearing

All meetings are open to the public in-person or remotely.  A public hearing on the Committee's recommended budget is scheduled for November 19, 2020 at 7 pm in the Council Chambers. All comments, suggestions and recommendations will be forwarded the Committee ( 920-478-3025 or )

Adopted 2021 Municipal Budget

Anticipated date for the committee recommendation to be considered by the City Council?  November 19, 2020.

Budget FAQs

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  • When will the municipal tax levy be known?  ANS: See the recommended budget narrative.  Tax bills are then printed with an anticipated mailing the first week in December.
  • What percentage of the my property tax bill goes for City expenses? ANS: The City portion is roughly 37% of the total bill. The property tax bill is made up of taxes levied by the City, School District, Madison College and Jefferson County. Each entity determines its own amount of tax levy.  Each has a public budgeting process in which citizens can attend.

Mayor Quimby's Budget Parameters - dated June 30, 2020

  • The 2021 municipal property tax levy target is $1,985,716, the same as the 2020 and 2019 municipal tax levy amounts.
  • Departments are to submit a capital plan for the 2021-2025 period.  [Note to Department Heads: Alder Thomas has indicated items not listed in the plan will likely not be considered for approval as stand-alone item in the months after budget adoption.]
    1. Department budget submittals (operational and capital) are to cover revenue and expenses for BOTH 2021 and 2022.
  • 2021 departmental budget submittals are to:
    1. Total to an amount at or below the overall 2020 budget expenditure figures for each Fund; and be at or below the overall department expenditure amount for the Clerk/Treasurer Office, Mayor’s Office, Police Department and Public Works Department (and other parts of the General Fund).  Increases over 2020 budget figures are limited to increases in staffing levels over the 2020 budget period.
    2. Contain employee 2021 wage figures with totals not exceeding a 2% increase over 2020 figures.
    3. Account for a Waterloo Utilities requested 12% electric rate increase for 2021.
    4. Account for fuel at US Energy Information Administration’s 5-year Seasonal Analysis high point figure of $2.82 per gallon (see chart below).
    5. Account for contract items per the terms of the respective contracts.
    6. Account for employee health insurance benefit at 2020 amounts with an adjustment up for any staffing level increase over current year.
    7. Account for staffing overlap (meaning: a replacement hire in advance of a retirement).