Barrel of Appleton
In my never-ending quest to give you more of me more of the time, I wrote an op-ed piece for the MacIver Institute regarding the budget situation for the City of Appleton. Despite a huge hit in shared revenue and an increase in tipping fees and garbage collection costs, Appleton’s proposed budget does not raise taxes. Part of the reason is that a significant TIF district came back as a taxable property this year. However, part of the reason is that the mayor took a serious look at creating efficiencies in city government.
Hanna took advantage of the economic downturn and the cut of shared revenue from the state to do some restructuring of city government. According to the Appleton Post Crescent, the proposed city budget cuts six full-time jobs, two half-time jobs and reduces one full-time position to half-time status.
The mayor says they were able to cut the positions by looking for efficiencies.
For example, the proposed budget cuts include the elimination of a police volunteer coordinator position. This person was the police contact for over 200 neighborhood watch programs and also did public safety awareness. However, the fire department also had a similar position. By pushing the neighborhood watch liaison duties to other staff in the police department and combining the public safety duties into one position, Appleton will be able to eliminate a full-time position.
In a similar fashion, Hanna also proposes elimination of a park caretaker position because he has a facilities department that can handle those responsibilities.